21 4 / 2014
I LOVE taco salad. The recipe I use is pretty basic, and really simple and easy to increase portions if you’re making it to feed, like, a million people. If I’m feeding that many people I just double the beef and eyeball increases in everything else. The original recipe goes a long way though, and it’s great for parties!!
You will need:
-a pound of beef
-a bit less than half a head of lettuce
-a few tomatoes
-mexican cheese blend (you can usually find a bagged blend in the dairy aisle at the grocery store.)
-a bottle of catalina dressing (you won’t use the whole bottle, maybe like half)
-a bag of nacho cheese flavored doritos (or tortilla chips, or some other kind of doritos. I just really like it with these specific doritos)
Keep in mind that this is all eyeballing, and you can increase or decrease according to your personal tastes!
Step one: Brown the beef. Brown it real good. Drain the grease into a can, as greasy beef is not fun. Add taco seasoning according to directions. Put your taco beef in a large bowl, cover it, and set it aside. Sometimes I’m bad and put it in the fridge while still hot. Remember, this should be served cold.
Step two: Chop up the lettuce and tomatoes. I tend to chop up the tomatoes first and then just put them aside in a pile.
Step three: Combine lettuce and tomatoes with taco beef. Mix it in really good. I usually find that the lettuce can really quickly overwhelm everything else, so chop up a little first and then add it in, and chop up more if you feel you need it. That saves you from possibly wasting lettuce.
Step three: Mix in the mexican cheese and catalina dressing. This is entirely according to taste. Some people like it with less dressing, and some people like it with more. I personally like using a lot of dressing.
Step four: Crush up the chips and mix them in! At this step I usually just put in a bit more dressing, just because. Crushing chips is a lot of fun.
And that’s it! Pretty simple. I get so many compliments on this very basic recipe. Altogether it probably takes me about 20 minutes. It’s easy to mess around with the ingredients as well. Although I’m afraid that with a pound of beef being the base ingredient, it would be hard to make it vegetarian. Sorry.
Also, a side note: when I make this for parties, I usually wait until right when I serve it to put the chips in. This is because the chips get soggy after being in there for a while, and it tastes much better with fresh, crunchy chips. At this point I also add in a little more cheese for a good measure. What can I say, I like cheese.