I originally posted this recipe, Taco Salad (with recipe for Taco Seasoning) in 2013 (click for link to original recipe). We make it from time to time and I never think to stop and check back on my recipe because I do it all from memory now. But, I decided to go back and update the recipe for what we do now.
This recipe is part of one of my favorite memories from when I was in college. We were all poor college students who were running out of money on their meal cards at the end of the semester. We received an invitation to a dinner party where we were each to bring one fairly inexpensive item to contribute to the meal. We had no idea what it was going to be but we were each assigned an item that was less than $3.00. One person had a pound of tomatoes, another 2 cucumbers, two others one bag of tortilla chips, etc… What we created for dinner for about 10 people was delicious and amazing.
My friend had browned the beef and added taco seasoning to it then diced everything up for a HUGE salad. It was delicious, filling and a great evening spent with friends.
My family still loves this recipe and with a few tweaks we have it quite often for lunches when we have some sort of taco filling leftover from dinner. It doesn’t have to be ground beef. The salad is good with Baracoa beef, chicken, and even shrimp!
The best part is you can add whatever YOU and your family like to the salad. We use Doritos, in our favorite flavors, instead of tortilla chips usually when we make this now but we have also been known to use Fritos, Chili Fritos, or even crushed hard taco shells in a pinch. Experiment and find out what your family likes!
An easy salad meal for the really busy days. Directions: I forgot how simple and delicious this salad was. I love stirring all the salad together and making sure I have a piece of tortilla shell in each bite for that crunch. Such happy memories and a yummy salad too! Taco Seasoning I far prefer to make my own taco seasoning mix than use a prepackaged one. I can control the heat and the saltiness for my family’s taste. Mix this in a bowl and add to your drained ground beef with 1 cup of water. Let the mixture simmer for 5-10 minutes to reduce the sauce. Taste and add seasonings as you need.
Taco Salad (with recipe for Taco Seasoning)
An easy salad meal for the really busy days.