Monday, May 27, 2013

taco salad {src}

I honestly don't know where the month of May went or springtime in general.  Memorial Day is here and that means summer.

Today also mark's the Secret Recipe Club's May post.  I had Jess from Flying on Jess Fuel.  I have actually read Jess' blog for a while now after finding it first through the Secret Recipe Club posts.  I was pretty happy when I was actually given her blog to explore even more. I ended up making Jess' taco salad but the Crock Pot Thai Pork was a very close second.

Typically Mr. J is not too keen on having salads for dinner. As in salad and nothing else to go with it.  I assured him though it was be plenty and he finally agreed once I told him it was full of ground beef and black beans.

We had this salad a few weeks ago when the weather was hot.  Made on a week night it was super easy and quick to throw together.

The original recipe calls for a dressing of sour cream and salsa mixed together. I actually thought I had sour cream but it turned out to be spoiled.  Thus, my version used only salsa as the dressing. It was still very good but the sour cream would have been a good addition.

This fed us both till we were full and still had some left over. I used the remainder in a tortilla wrap for a burrito type lunch the next day. 

Thanks Jess for such a good and healthy recipe. Cannot wait to try the pork out next. 

Taco Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: saute salad entree black beans Mexican
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large head romaine, chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • tortilla chips, for serving
For the Salad
Cook the meat with taco seasoning, according to package directions. Add the beans to the pan in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Let the meat and bean mixture cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, place half the lettuce and half the veggies.

Top with half the salsa.

Top with the meat and bean mixture . Reserve a little bit for decorating the top.

Sprinkle half the cheese on top.

Add the rest of the veggies, dressing, and cheese and meat mix if you reserved some.

Top with remaining salsa.

Serve with tortilla chips.
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  1. Wonderful pick for SRC! I always order taco salads in restaurants, as to me is one of the lightest options in a Tex-Mex place, but interestingly I've never made it at home, not sure why

    great post!

  2. That looks absolutely fabulous! I love taco salad :) Happy Reveal Day!

  3. Yay!! So glad you liked this! It's a yummy one... the Thai Pork is also amazing, so you should definitely make it soon! :)

  4. Yum this looks delicious! I bet even my salad-hating husband would like it. Great pick for SRC!

  5. Taco salad is seriously my favorite salad, looks great!

  6. Oh YUM! That looks like something I would really enjoy - great SRC pick!

  7. YUM! I LOVE taco salad! Guess this is going on my list to make for dinner soon

  8. I am so hungry at the moment and this salad looks like it would really hit the spot! I really should learn not to look at recipes when I'm hungry. Haha!

    Great SRC pick!

    1. I actually made a variation of this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Definitely going on our "make again" list!

  9. Oh, boy, does this look wonderful! Many years ago, a girlfriend made me taco salad with a salsa/sour cream yummy. I must try this :)

  10. We love tacos in our home and in salad form that makes it healthy! Looks yummy...great SRC pick!

  11. My husband is the same way about salads and soup. He has to have something with it! I love a good taco salad!

  12. Great SRC pick for a quick and easy dinner!

  13. Taco salad is a favorite for me.... I remember standing in the salad line in high school when they had taco salad day. :)

    This looks great. I also agree with you.. where did May go... it's almost June!

  14. This sounds great. We both like salads that are actually filling and full of lots of interesting ingredients. Great dinner.


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