Wheel’s sister, Jay-El*, introduced Taco Salad to us at a family dinner once upon a time. It was an immediate hit! The guys loved it.
Like all recipes that come my way, it’s been tweaked a bit here and there – well, a lot come to think of it. First was the ground beef. Bytes and his brother would leave behind anything with taco spices, but they would eat chili mixed with the ground beef. Like any sane mother, I went with the flow and opted for what they would eat as long as it was on the healthy side. Then Bytes turned up with an allergy to tomatoes, so they were served on the side and until he outgrew the allergy, his ground beef was plain. Growing young men go more for cheese and meat rather than lettuce and dressing so the layer method was developed. Bytes brother brought sour cream into the picture. Wheels and I decided we preferred the smaller, more flavorful black beans so the red kidney beans fell off the recipe. A diabetes diagnosis led to the chips on the bottom, counted out to serving amount on the package. And half the time we skip the Italian dressing. All this to say, this recipe is flexible and the cook can make necessary changes and still have a delicious and tummy filling meal that pleases everyone.
*Have you figured it out yet ??
Our shy sisters are identified by spelling out their initials. 🙂
- 1 pound ground beef, browned
- 1 can chili with beans
- 1 can black beans
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 package lettuce
- 1 package cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 tub sour cream
- 1 8oz bag tortilla chip rounds
- Brown ground beef, drain.
- Add 1 can chili, stir together and heat through.
- Place additional ingredients, except tortilla chips, in appropriately sized bowls and set out as toppings.
- Place tortilla chips on plate as base of salad. Add lettuce and other toppings as desired.
- Top with shredded cheese and sour cream.
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