Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Taco Salads

Summer Supper solution - Taco Salads
A meal in a salad bowl. A great supper solution for
those days when you've worked all day in the yard and don't feel like cooking.
These recipes originated with friends and I've added a few ingredients
of my own. I've always used the bought dressings for these
but I'm sure they would be even better with homemade dressings.

Taco Salad
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
1 head iceberg lettuce
1 - 2 tomatoes
montery jack cheese
cheddar cheese
bell peppers- red, green, yellow - your choice
zucchini or cucumber (opt)
corn chips
Catalina style salad dressing

Brown the ground beef into a frying pan, removing the excess fat with
a spoon or baster. Add the taco seasoning, stir in well and fry a few minutes longer.
Set meat aside to cool.
Seed the tomatoes and chop.
Cut the cheeses into a 1/4" dice. You should have at least 1 cup combined.
Chop up the peppers - again about 1 cup chopped.
Chop the zucchini or cucumber into a 1/4" dice.
Tear the lettuce into a large bowl. Add the ground beef, tomatoes, cheese, peppers, zucchini
and corn chips. Toss with enough dressing to moisten.
Serve immediately.


This Taco Salad comes to me from my friend Debbie.

Chicken Ranch Taco Salad
1 head lettuce, washed and torn
2 cups crushed taco chips
2 cups shredded "TexMex" cheese
4 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
2/3 cup Peppercorn Ranch dressing
1 cup chopped red and green bell peppers
chopped tomato if desired.

Toss all ingredients together just before serving.
Note: chicken breasts grilled on the BBQ give this salad its special flavour.

8 comments:

  1. I really want to come and live close to one of your mennonite kitchens. Anywhere, a little shack close by so I can drop in and take advantage of your fine cooking and hospitality. :0)

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  2. Bev I'm so glad to have you join as a contributor. I know that you are acclaimed as a wonderful cook and we will be treated to many delicious looking dishes just like todays. I love taco salad and chicken taco salad. I think that one of the wonderful things about this blog is that it is a constant source of ideas. If I hadn't already taken out salmon. . I'd be running to get a pound of ground beef out. Your presentation is beautiful too.

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  3. Now if I could just get you girls to come cook in my kitchen - that would be even simpler!!

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  4. Oh I DO love taco salad! All my favorite foods in a bowl :)
    I haven't tried it with corn chips before. That would be a nice change from tortilla chips.
    I can't wait to try it out!

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  5. And to think I just had taco salad tonight at a bbq! Thanks for sharing your recipe Bev..looking forward to more!

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  6. Yes, even a Mennonite Cookbook needs some variations of taco salads. Thanks, Bev and welcome to the blog!

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  7. Welcome Bev!
    We've been neighbors for years and hear we connect again.
    Actually the first time I met Bev, was at Camp Stillwood. (40 years ago)
    Oh, we are so young.
    Bring out the Greendale book.
    It's one of my favorites.

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  8. Welcome Bev!
    We've been neighbors for years and hear we connect again.
    Actually the first time I met Bev, was at Camp Stillwood. (40 years ago)
    Oh, we are so young.
    Bring out the Greendale book.
    It's one of my favorites.

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