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Tuesday Taco Salad

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Well it is Tuesday, so we all know what that means… TACO TUESDAY!  This week it is a tortilla-less taco Tuesday! Say what?! That’s right, cut out the tortilla for a healthier option – taco salad!

This is a family favorite from childhood.  Mom used to make this probably once a month or so, and it was always a crowd pleaser. There are so many ways to make it and so many ways to eat it, but this one is an ode to my mom’s version.

You may have already guessed, but James also enjoys this a lot! I am sure by now, for those of you that don’t know him, you have figured out he likes pretty much everything! I am so lucky I can make anything I want and he is likely to love it!

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What you need:

  • 1lb ground beef
  • package of taco seasoning
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 3 small tomatoes or 2 large
  • 1 romaine lettuce head
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeño (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Chop up your lettuce and two of the three tomatoes for your salad.  Top the salad with the black beans.  If you want, you can also add corn, but we didn’t this time.

Slice half of your onion thinly, saving the other half for another day. Slice your bell pepper thinly. Slice the final tomato into strips, and finally slice your jalapeño thinly.

In a medium pan, put about a teaspoon of canola oil and warm over medium heat.  When the oil is hot add in your onion and bell pepper. Season with salt and pepper and cook until softened (about 5 minutes).

Add in your sliced tomato and then your ground beef.  Make sure the break the beef apart. I then add in about half of the package of taco seasoning and season with salt and pepper.  I find the whole package to be overwhelming and too salty. If you want to add more flavor, add in some garlic powder and cumin, that way you don’t have too much salt.

Cook your beef through and remove from the heat.

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Serve your salad with your beef and sliced jalapeños on top.  We like to add in some Mexican rice, but this is optional.

Our family tradition is to dress it with thousand island dressing, and as odd as it may sound, it is seriously delicious! You can use salsa as dressing, lime juice and olive oil, or just about anything else you like, but at least give the thousand island dressing a chance 🙂

Enjoy!

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