Thursday, May 19, 2011

Taco Salad

Tonights dinner was a kind of like the saying "when life gives you lemons make lemonaid", kind of night. I wanted to use up a pound of ground beef. I decided I would either make my enchirito's or Tacos. The consensus of the house was Tacos. So I started making tacos. I had purchased a big taco dinner kit, a couple of weeks ago. I was going to use that. Well, the kit came with two packages of 10 tacos, 2 pkg taco seasoning, and two taco sauce packages. I was so excited to have everything I needed. Then I pulled out the taco shells to bake them in the oven, and they are all CRACKED! I just really dislike that... don't you?!

Well, I informed the boys no taco's tonight. They started asking why after I got them excited about dinner. So, I told them nevermind, we would have taco salad instead. I quickly added a few other ingredients, cooked the broken shells and made a delicious thrown together, last minute salad. I had two helpings with extra greens. It was so tasty :)

1 lb ground beef
1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chili's
1 can refried beans with green chili's and lime
1 pkg taco seasoning with instructed water
1 pkg taco sauce
sour cream
1 bag mixed salad greens
4 cups spinach
10-20 crushed or broken taco shells

Brown ground beef. Then make the taco meat per package instructions, adding water, and taco seasoning to the browned ground beef. After the taco meat is made, add the refried beans, and Rotel tomatoes. Stir to combine.

While the refried beans, taco meat, and Rotel tomato's are heating through, place the taco shells in preheated oven (per package directions), and mix together the mixed salad greens and spinach in a large bowl. set aside

Once the taco meat mixture is heated through remove from burner and turn off stove. Remove the taco shells from the oven (heating them), then start layering your salad.

On each plate, place a generous portion of salad greens/spinach mixture. Then top with taco meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Next sprinkle some taco sauce around the top of the salad, then sprinkle the warmed broken taco shells on top. Larger pieces can be placed around the edge for scooping the salad. Serve warm.

Verdict: I loved it! I really liked the salad. I have some leftover salad mix and taco meat, I will be eating that for lunch tomorrow. :)

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