Sometimes, pulling a meal together at dinner time is chaotic. The kids are starving and cranky and loosing their minds. You are worn out, after a long day of chores and responsibilities. So, you think about ordering take out or delivery, but that’s typically expensive. Enter, taco salad.
Taco salad can be customized to a variety of tastes and comes together rather quickly to feed your hungry family. You can even leave all the ingredients in bowls for a taco salad style bar where each person assembles their meal.
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey
- Romaine lettuce, chopped
- Salsa (feel free to use jarred or find my fresh Pico de Gallo on the blog)
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Guacamole (again feel free to use premade or make it fresh, I also, have a recipe posted for Guacamole on the blog.)
- 8.75oz of canned corn (drained and rinsed)
- Sour cream (to taste)
- Green onions, sliced
- Sliced jalapeño (optional)
- Fresh chopped cilantro (to taste)
- Taco seasoning (use a convenient packet or make your own. This combination is adapted from Allrecipes.com 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoons ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Mix all spices together and set aside.)
- Tortilla chips
1. Brown meat in a pan until cooked through, then drain fat. Add corn and taco seasoning (If you made own spice blend, add two tablespoons) and 2/3 cup water. Mix well and continue to cook until water reduces down.
2. Add lettuce to bowl, followed by beef and corn mixture.
3. Top to your liking with cheese, salsa, sour cream, jalapeños, guacamole and cilantro.
4. Serve with a side of chips
*Sometimes, I add beans instead of corn or both to the meat mixture. It adds extra protein and bite.
This salad is flavorful and filling and fits many different tastes. It’s on heavy rotation in my household.
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Thanks for reading! xo