Taco Salad

December 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Posted in Mexican, My Own Creation, One-Dish Meal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yum!  We love tacos but they’re so messy!  By the time you add all the goodies (meat, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, etc.) to the taco shell, half the time it breaks.  So rather than fuss over taco shells, the other night we had taco salad.  Pretty much the same thing, except that you take the tortilla chips, pile them on the plate and then pile the goodies on top of the chips.


1 pound hamburger (85/15)

1 package (.5 oz) of taco seasoning

3/4 cup water

Brown hamburger completely; pour off any grease.  Add taco seasoning and water.  Simmer for a few minutes.

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3 tbsp. canola oil

1 can pinto beans (15 oz.)

Pour canola oil in pan, set to medium high.  When oil is shimmery hot, add beans that have been drained a bit.  You can drain off all the juice or just a part of it.  Once, I drained it all off but my teenager said that the beans were “too dry” so I keep some of the juice.  You can see in the next picture, how much of the juice is poured off:

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Let the beans get warm and then start smashing them.  I use a pancake turner but you could use a potato masher if you want them really smashed.

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Lower the heat and let the beans simmer for a few minutes while you grab everything else:

Tortilla chips

Shredded lettuce

Cheddar cheese

Diced tomatoes

Sour cream

Taco sauce or salsa

When the meat and beans are nice and hot and bubbly, it’s time to plate:

Grab a handful of chips and put them on your plate, add lettuce and meat and everything else you want.

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