Taco Salad

Ready in 45 minutes

Adapted from the America's Test Kitchen cookbook "The Best 30-minute Recipe", a hearty salad that makes a great dinner.

"This got my kids (3 and 1.5) to eat their veggies and had fun making it with me! We loved it! :-)"

- natsanchez22

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5 avg, 2 review(s) 100% would make again


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1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion; minced
2 tbsp chili powder
8 garlic cloves; minced
1 lb 90% lean ground beef
8 oz tomato sauce
1 head green lettuce; romaine is great, torn into bite sized pieces
2 tomatoes; cored and chopped
1 avocado; peeled, pitted and cubed
1 cup cheddar cheese; shredded
2 zucchini; cubed
1 cup corn; fresh or frozen
1 can black beans; drained and rinsed
Tortilla chips; you can also use pre-bought torti
Sour cream; for garnish
Cilantro; for garnish
For the Dressing:
5 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 shallot; peeled
1 jalepeno chile; stemmed and seeded
1 small garlic clove; peeled
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



1. For the dressing: In a food processor, finely chop together shallot, jalepeno, garlic, sugar, cumin, cilantro and salt. Add lime juice and oil and blend until emulsified. Set aside.

2. Saute the onion and chile powder in a large skillet until starting to brown. Stir in garlic and cook 30 sec. Add the beef and cook until browned lightly. Stir in tomato sauce and allow flavors to meld and sauce to thicken, 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and allow to cool to RT.

3. Brown zucchini in another skillet over high heat, allowing the cubes to color but not get mushy. Toss with corn, black beans, and some of the vinaigrette.

4. Assemble the salad: Toss lettuce with vinaigrette to taste. Portion beef, zucchini salad, tomatoes, avocado and cheese on top. Enjoy!


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This got my kids (3 and 1.5) to eat their veggies and had fun making it with me! We loved it! :-)
natsanchez22 6 months ago
Also good left over. [I posted this recipe.]
Nlp9 3 years ago
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