How about something different today? I wanted to share a family favorite recipe with all of you. A while back I found a recipe for Taco Salad online. I was looking for something different from what I usually did for Taco Salad, which was basically tacos with more lettuce … in a bowl. I tried this recipe and it was a hit from the first go round.
If you want to see the original recipe, go here.
I have made a few adjustments to the recipe to suit my family’s tastes and just from making it a few times. Feel free to take my changes and change them again! I’d love to hear if you try this recipe and what you did to change it up, or if you kept it the same.
1 1/2 lb. ground round
1 envelope taco mix
1 teaspoon cumin
1 head lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
1 green pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, choped
1 can niblets whole corn, drained
1 can (15 oz.) red kidney beans, washed and drained
1 bag nacho cheese Doritos
1 c. salad oil
1/3 c. ketchup
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. vinegar
Brown and drain hambuger, add water and taco mix according to the instructions on the taco mix. Set aside once finished.
In large bowl combine letuce, green, yellow, and red peppers, niblet corn, and kidney beans. Toss throughly.
In seperate bowl combine the ingredients for the Dressing, whisk well.
Add taco meat, dressing (we actually only add about 2/3 of the dressing, your tastes may vary), and cumin to bowl with the salad ingredients. Toss well.
To serve: Crush Doritos into individual bowls, add salad and top with sour cream and shredded cheese.
I have found that by not adding the doritos with the salad as the original recipe suggests, the chips are crunchy while you are eating it. I would imagine all mixed it they would get soggy quick. I also add more cumin right into my bowl as it seems the taco flavor diminshes a bit when everything is added together.
I have to say that the Taco Salad keeps very well in the fridge. The lettuce still has a crunch to it for the next few days. In fact we almost prefer this recipe as a leftover because the flavors seem to infuse even more.