For those of you who have followed our blog for awhile know that I love to make my own seasoning mixes. Not only does it save lots of money throughout the year from having to buy expensive seasoning mixes, but they taste a whole lot better! Store bought taco seasoning is okay, but wait until you have tried our homemade taco seasoning. It will take your tacos to a whole new level of yumminess!! Whenever I make tacos I always make extra meat so that I can make Taco Salads for dinner later in the week. Yes I love fancy, frilly, girly salads with gorgonzola and other fancy ingredients. But I have to say, a good old’ hearty taco salad is something I crave on a regular basis! Spicy, flavorful ground beef, cheese, avocados, tomatoes, crunchy tortilla chips, lettuce, black beans..all topped with a creamy dressing. Plain delightful!! Hope you enjoy this great summer salad idea 😉
1 lb. ground beef, seasoned and made with our favorite taco seasoning
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 can black beans, drained
Black olives, sliced (optional)
1-2 avocados, diced
Limes for garnish
Creamy Cilantro Dressing
2 cups ranch dressing (good quality makes a difference!)
1/2-3/4 cup salsa
3 Tbls. cilantro
2-3 Tbls. lime juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt & pepper to taste
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In a blender or food processor, puree all of the dressing ingredients together and then keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
For the salad, make the taco meat as described HERE and set aside. Chop the lettuce thinly and place in a large salad bowl. Top the salad with the remaining ingredients and top with the taco meat. Drizzle the salad with the cilantro dressing or serve the dressing on the side. Eat warm or cold.
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