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Monday, October 21, 2013

Family Style Taco Salad

Don't turn your back on salads just yet!

Yes, the weather is turning chilly {we have yet to turn that dial to "heat" in our house - I'm holding out!}, we are looking for more comfort foods - soups, casseroles and warm and hearty dinners.  But, this salad is pretty darn hearty, so don't let the word salad fool you.

I've been to many potlucks or family gatherings where someone brings a big bowl of already mixed up and ready to eat taco salad.  I love the stuff, but never, ever made it for myself.

I think I was a bit afraid of pre-mixing a salad all together and making sure it didn't turn into a soggy mess. But, I've learned the crisp iceberg lettuce holds up well and as long as you toss this all together right before it is time to eat, it works just fine!

Even my two year old ate two bowls.

She does eat almost anything, but if a two year old likes it, I'm sure your family will too.

Family Style Taco Salad
1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. sour cream
2 c. salsa
1 c. ranch dressing
1/2 large bag Doritos, crushed
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained {optional}

1.  In a skillet cook the brown beef until juices run clear.  Drain off grease.
2.  Add one cup of the salsa and sour cream to the meat and combine.
3.  In a large bowl combine all ingredients - lettuce, tomato, ground beef, beans, cheese, remaining salsa, ranch and crushed Doritos.
4.  Serve immediately, warm.

Go make this salad!  It is beyond yummy.

You guys need to stay tuned.....coming up I have Mini Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns and Pumpkin Pudding Cookies.

I know, two desserts in a row.  I can't help myself!

Would you like to comment?

  1. Yum! This kind of cracks me up because I just wrote a post to be published in a couple of weeks for nachos which are really similar to this... just layered instead mixed. :)