Leftover taco meat makes for a delicious salad, and you can customize the toppings to your liking
So Taco Salad might not be the most interesting recipe name or captivating idea, but I sure do love a good taco salad. I might actually like taco salad more than I like regular tacos, but I can't say that with 100% certainty.
Either way, taco salad is something I look forward to every time I make tacos. Every time.
I think I like it so much because I know it's going to taste good no matter what I have to throw in the bowl. Cheese (I always have cheese), avocado, tomatoes, salsa, tortilla chips, beans, quinoa, rice, anything!
I hate to insult your intelligence by posting this recipe because I know you could come up with this on your own, but I'd hate it even more to not share it with you. I like sharing my favorite meals with y'all!
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For the sake of a recipe, I decided to write down exactly what I used the last time I made taco salad.
Correction: I'll talk about the recipe that is used in the photos since I had like 17 taco salads after my three batches of taco meat to perfect my ground beef taco recipe.
I am not a huge salad dressing person.
I actually like the way lettuce tastes and think that the taco meat + the beans + the cheese + the salsa all add enough flavor.
However, if you feel like you want a salad dressing for this salad, one of my favorites is to mix 1 part ranch dressing with 2 parts salsa like I did in this Mexican Chicken Salad. Clearly, I like Mexican salads.
This is also a great recipe to pack for lunch. You can make layers and then just toss it all together when you're ready to serve.
I hold a special place in my heart for this taco salad, and like I said before, I hope I don't insult your intelligence by posting a recipe as simple as this one.
I would just absolutely hate it if you never got to enjoy the beauty of taco salad from your leftovers.
I mean, how many tacos can you eat in one week without getting tired of them?
That's a trick question because can you ever get tired of anything taco-related?!
- Toss the leftover taco meat with the beans. Set aside.
- Toss together chopped lettuce, grape tomatoes, and ground beef/bean mixture. Top with salsa and cheese (and any other desired toppings). Enjoy!
*Salsa Ranch Dressing is my favorite for Taco Salad. Mix 2 parts salsa with 1 part ranch dressing.
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