Tasty Taco Salad

I am always open to new ideas and ways of cooking meals. If it has fresh ingredients and is easy to make normally, why not try it a different way. My husband loves tacos! When I ask him what he wants for dinner, the answer is always tacos. A taco salad can be changed in so many ways by what fresh ingredients you add to it. Also, by the dressing or meat. Feel free to change it to your liking but as for this blog post, this is my recipe.

 

Taco Salad

Serves 4

  • 4  Flour tortillas (burrito size)
  • 1 1/4 lb Ground beef (73-80% lean)
  • 1 Garlic clove (finely diced)
  • 1 small White onion (chopped)
  • S & P to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup Ortega taco sauce (mild) plus extra for dressing
  • 1 head of Iceberg lettuce or Romaine (chopped)
  • 1 Tomato (chopped)
  • 1 Avocado (small diced)
  • 1 cup Shredded cheddar
  • 1 can Black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can Sweet corn
  • 4 tbsp Sour cream

 

To make the shells, preheat the oven to 375°. On a baking sheet, place a soup bowl face down. Make sure the bowl is oven safe. Put a tortilla in the oven or microwave and heat enough to just make it warm and slightly sticky. (oven-1 minute, microwave-20 seconds). Place the tortilla around the bowl and push down the sides so the fold and make a bowl shape. Spray with non cooking spray and place in the oven for 5-6 minutes or until slightly brown. Turn the broiler on towards the end to make it even crisper. Pull the baking sheet from the oven and let the shell cool a couple minutes and then remove from the bowl.

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For the taco meat, preheat a skillet on medium to high heat. Cook the ground beef completely while stirring and breaking the meat up into small pieces. Add in the onion and garlic. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until the onion is cooked. Season with S & P, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and the taco sauce. You are welcome to use a taco seasoning packet instead of the sauce if you prefer.

Once the meat is fully cooked and the shells are baked, add the lettuce to all the shells. Fill them about half way. Then add all of the toppings that you desire plus the meat. Add additional taco sauce or a salad dressing of your choice. Stir and enjoy!

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