The ingredients in this salad are very simple, nothing fancy, yet still taste marvelous together.
I am a huge fan of Taco Salad. And Mexican food is one of my favorite food styles aside from Asian food. I probably cook Mexican cuisine at least once a week since I love it so much!
And a bonus — This meal can be prepared in 30 minutes or less!
My kids LOVE tacos and I am constantly making Fish, Shrimp, Calamari, Ground Beef, Ground Turkey whatever kind of tacos. You name it, they love it!
The other night they wanted tacos and I was out of taco season, but not a problem, I just whipped up a new batch in minutes!
Here is a wonderful homemade Taco Seasoning recipe that will end up replacing those pre-made packets you end up buying.
Ok, I have to admit — I truly have old favorites that my family eats over and over again — And Taco Salad is one of those meals. And with today being Cinco De Mayo — why not make this filling favorite.
I like to use ground turkey, ground beef or steak – depending on what I have one hand. I brown onions then the meat and season with Trader’s Joes Taco Seasoning.
Once the onions are limp and the meat is cooked add two cups water. Let simmer until nearly all the water has evaporated.
Wash and spin dry romaine lettuce then cut into bit size pieces. Add lettuce to a large bowl layered with tomatoes, cheese and avocados. Then add cooked meat to the salad.
Toss and serve immediately with sour cream and chips.
I love Taco Salad… it is one of my go to meals for my family — because it is quite quick to whip up and very simple as well.
Gluten Free Taco Salad
Gluten Free Taco Salad
I made my own tortilla strips for this salad because I didn’t have any Tortilla Chips on hand. So I sliced up about 5 corn tortillas and then fried them up to a crisp.
2 ripe tomatoes, diced
1/2 pound sharp Cheddar, shredded
1 large onion, diced
1 head green leaf lettuce, washed, drained and shredded
1 pound lean ground turkey or beef, browned, crumbled and drained
Can Black Beans, drained
2 TBSP Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning
Gluten Free Tortilla Strips
Brown meat, beans and onions together with the Taco Seasoning until thoroughly cooked. Then combine everything together in a large salad bowl. Just before serving, add the taco chips, tossing to combine with other ingredients. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream drizzled with Sriracha sauce to taste and some tortilla strips.
Today we had lunch at Chipotle Mexican Grill at N. Capital Road in San Jose, CA. It was a wonderful lunch. The server changed her gloves when we said we were gluten intolerant which was really awesome customer service! The staff were really accommodating and attentive to our needs… A+ in my book!
I had their soft corn tacos filled with their braised carnitas… The order came with 3 tacos, but I gave 1 to my daughter. Oh my goodness two were so filling! And probably because it was filled not only with pork but also with salsa, rice, pinto beans, cheese, sour cream, avocado and shredded romaine lettuce…. My mother had the same but as a salad.
All the veggies are fresh and they use meat from animals (whenever possible) raised without antibiotics or added hormones – “food with integrity.”
The food was tasty, fresh and delicious! I will definitely be coming here again!
Find a location near you: http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/find/find.aspx