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Monday, July 5, 2010

Taco Salad

When it is too hot to grill outside this summer, this salad is the perfect dinner for any family.  It is easy to make and as long as you add your dressing individually, it makes a great leftover for lunch the following day


This salad is so yummy.  It gives me an excuse to eat Fritos! 
I love Fritos....



The Players!


Make taco meat first.




In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef with onion, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper and chili powder.  When browned, drain off fat and set aside to cool.


Assemble Salad:
In a large bowl begin layering in this order – romaine lettuce, grated carrot, chopped red pepper, seeded and chopped tomato, 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, drained Ranch style beans, taco meat, Fritos, remaining ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese. Serve with ranch dressing.



Can you see all the ingredients in this one bite?  Can you taste that creamy ranch dressing, spicy taco meat and ranch style bean, cheese, crunchy romaine, sweet red pepper and the sweet ripe tomato then the crunch of the Frito!
Oh my gosh, this is soooooo goooooood!


And another bite!  Ooo watch that drip of ranch, don't want to weat it!




Taco Salad

8 cups romaine letter, washed and chopped
2 carrots peeled and grated
1 medium sized red bell pepper finely diced
1 large tomato seeded and chopped
1 ½ cup (Tillamook) sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1 ½ cups original Fritos
1 15 oz. can Ranch Style beans, drained, not rinsed
(If Ranch style is not available, use Chili beans)



Taco Meat:


¾ lb of ground beef
1/3 cup diced sweet onion
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon chili powder
Ranch dressing

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef with onion, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper and chili powder.  When browned, drain off fat and set aside to cool.

To assemble salad:

In a large bowl begin layering in this order – romaine lettuce, grated carrot, chopped red pepper, seeded and chopped tomato, 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, drained Ranch style beans, taco meat, Fritos, remaining ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese.

Serve with ranch dressing.

Happy Eating!

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