Taco Salad 2011

Taco Salad has been around the block a time or two, but I still love it.  Back in the 80’s, it was a combo of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, ground beef, grated cheese, kidney beans, crushed taco chips and dressing (usually Catalina), tossed together in one very large bowl — a big hit at potlucks and parties, since it served a multitude of people.

In the 90’s, Taco Salad became “restaurantized,” with variations of the above spilling out of dinner-plate-sized, deep-fried taco shell “bowls” (remember those?), topped with giant dollops of sour cream and guacamole — and that was considered one serving!

Now that I’m eating lighter and healthier (most of the time…), :) I decided to revamp an old favorite.

Taco Salad

Thin tortilla chips (the thinner, the better)

1/2 head of lettuce, torn into bite-sized bits

2 tomatoes, chopped

4 green onions (including tops), thinly sliced

4 oz. shredded Mexican “4-cheese” blend

4 oz. lean ground chuck, browned & flavored with taco seasoning (I used leftover “taco meat”)

Salsa of your choice (fresh is best!)

Layer the above ingredients on individual salad plates.  (This particular recipe serves 2.)  Enjoy!

Huge portions are out.  Huge flavor is in!

Enjoying life one serving at a time,

~ Kim

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20 thoughts on “Taco Salad 2011

  1. Funny, every time we do tacos night at our house I have to make extra meat for the following day’s Taco Salad! As always great pics Kim! :) Have a beautiful week my beautiful friend!

  2. I love taco salad. Whenever my husband wants to make dinner, this is what he makes! He makes the 70’s version ;)
    I cannot tell you how many church pitch-in’s I have been to where that was there in a giant Tupperware bowl!
    Great photography, by the way!

    • Hi, Heather! I love your phrase: church pitch-in’s — what a cool way to describe that! (Sounds like 70’s Taco Salad.) :)
      ~ Kim
      P.S. Way to go for your hubby making it!

  3. Oh my dear lord. I must have this for lunch today. I just wish it were going to be on a lake…

    Thank you for this post!

    Sounds like I was sayin’ grace, no? For taco salad…

  4. Golly, I haven’t made this in years – don’t know why! Thanks for the great reminder. Your site is beautiful, by the way. Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi, your kind words were very welcomed. :)

  5. wow, this looks good and I DO remember the taco salads of the 80s. :) I think I made a few myself.

    This is the first American blog where I’ve seen the sentence, “huge portions are out, huge flavor is in.” Once that becomes popular we’ll all be thinner and healthier.

    As the French say, it’s not what you eat, it’s how much of it you eat and how often you eat the less than healthy foods.

    • Hi, Mike! They’re two different worlds, aren’t they? — but each has it’s merits. Plus you have that portfolio of beautiful, scenic photos to gaze at if “city life” gets to be too much! Thanks for stopping by again! On my way to your blog…
      ~ Kim

  6. Oh how I love taco salads (yes, even in the deep fried bowl). There is something about using fresh ingredients that makes a meal worth eating. Thanks for stopping by from the hop!

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