Thursday, November 30, 2006

Taco Salad

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1/2 - 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1-2 tomatoes, diced
1-2 avocado, diced
1 can black olives, drained and sliced
Dorito Original taco chips, broken
Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing

Over medium heat, brown ground beef in frying pan; drain fat and return meat to stove.

Add taco seasonings and 3 Tbsp. water (just enough to moisten); mix well and continue cooking for a couple of minutes.

Remove from heat and allow meat to cool.

In a large serving bowl, combine meat with all remaining ingredients.

Garnish with extra unbroken taco chips.


I use homemade Ranch Dressing. I think it tastes better than the dressing in a bottle. I also prefer to use the original buttermilk mix to make the dressing.

All amounts may be increased or decreased (or omitted) depending on your personal preference. Chopped green onions make a nice garnish. Pinto or black beans (drained and rinsed) can be added to the meat mixture. Shredded cooked chicken or turkey may be substituted for the ground beef.

I like to serve this as a cold salad, so I chill the cooked meat in the refrigerator before tossing with the remaining ingredients. I toss the salad with a generous amount of the Ranch dressing, but we usually wind up adding more!

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At 7:59 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I think I'm going to try this taco salad tonight. I'm in a cooking rut and need something new. And it looks SO good!

At 5:10 AM, Blogger Les said...

Hope you enjoyed it as much as we do! Let me know if you made any variations. I'm always interested in alternatives to my ingredients.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I made this taco salad last week. My husband, three year old son, and I loved it. I used Cool Ranch Doritos insstead of the original Doritos.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Les said...

Suzanne - Glad to hear it was a hit - especially with your son. Most kids don't like lettuce and tomatoes! I tried to view your blog, but couldn't get to it. Drop me a note if it's available for viewing. I'd love to take a look. Thanks for stopping by.

At 7:50 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I don't have a blog; I just have a google identity so that I can comment on blogs that I read. I found your blog when I was browsing the internet for a taco salad recipe :-) I'm looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I just started a blog :-) It is

Blessngs to you and your family in the new year.

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Les said...

Suzanne - Have fun with your blog! You'll find it's quite addictive. Check back here later this month. I have a few recipes to add. Finally. :)

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous mommytoj said... far I have quite a few hits on my blog, but not very many comments.



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