Taco Salad

Don’t tell secrets in the garden. The potatoes have eyes, the corn has ears, and the beanstalk!

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Finally a recipe using our lettuce! I realize most of my post have been about kale… but it is time I share with you one of my all time favorite recipe… TACO SALAD! I have always loved taco salad but I had never cooked it as the ‘main’ meal. Typically I make tacos and let everyone put the in the shell of their choice and I just turn mine into a salad instead. A few months ago I decided to cook and prepare the taco salad just to see what my husband would think. Turns out, he loves it too! I made a taco bowl out of a tortilla shell and it has been requested many times since. Yay!

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A great thing about taco salad is that it is completely customizable to how you like your tacos! I pretty much always use beef but it could easily be made with chicken, taco, vegetarian , fish… so many ways! Monica over at The Yummy Life has a great blog with 5 different ways to make a tortilla shell bowl! I usually use method #3 and bake mine over a bowl but one of these days I would love to get the tortilla shell molds! If you start the tortillas before everything else it usually gets done around the same time. Click here for her recipe for how to make the bowls! I really think this is what makes my husband love the taco salad so much but if you are looking for a lower carb option then just toss everything into your favorite bowl instead!

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The taco mix again can be made in so many ways! I can be as simple as just meat and taco seasoning or you can do like I do and add some yummy fixings into the mix! I feel like every-time I make this I tend to try adding in something new just to see if I can get away with it :) I love this because I dump a bunch of cans together but if you dried beans or frozen corn that would work just as great.

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I have used both of our Tropicana leaf lettuce and also our mini romaines for the base… I think they are very similar and both did wonderful with the meat mixture on top. I love our Tropicana leaf and try to convince everyone to love it just as much as I do!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef or protein of your choosing

  • 1/2 yellow onion

  • Taco seasoning - follow recommended amount

  • 2 tablespoons Ground Cumin

  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Garlic - or garlic cloves

  • Optional - 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

  • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed - typical can size of roughly 15 oz

  • 1 can Kidney Beans, rinsed

  • 1 can Corn

  • 1 can (4.5) oz chopped green chilies

  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Diced Tomatoes - Stewed also works, I like to chop them up more first

  • Optional - For topping: sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa, cilantro

Directions

  • If making the tortilla bowls, preheat oven to 375 - start tortillas and don’t forget to put them in once the oven reaches temperature.

  • Brown hamburger in pan

  • Chop onions and add, cook until translucent

  • Add taco seasoning, cumin, garlic, and cayenne pepper to meat and stir - let simmer for a few minutes.

  • Add black beans, kidney beans, corn, green chilies, tomatoes to mixture and stir

  • Cook until everything is heated through

  • Chop lettuce of choice

  • Add to bowl. I like to do lettuce first then meat mixture. I usually add some shredded cheese on top with some more onions and tomatoes! I like to add a drizzle of sour cream across the top as well

  • Enjoy!

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