Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Taco Salad

This has got to be one of the easiest taco salad recipes!  My husband grew up on this recipe, and it was shared with me by his sister, who made me a recipe book of their growing-up favorites.  You will easily want to eat the rest of the salad from serving bowl long after you are full!

Taco Salad

1 lb. hamburger, browned and drained of grease
taco seasoning**  (I know you're not surprised that I make my own!)
1/4 cup water
1 head of iceberg lettuce, or 2 romaine hearts, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 can of black olives, sliced
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (serving sharp cheddar at room temperature brings out the best flavor!)
1 bag nacho cheese Dorito chips
1 bottle Russian salad dressing (I have only found this by WishBone)

**Taco Seasoning (really a rough estimate!)
a couple palmfuls of cumin (about 2 tbl.)
1 palmful of chili powder (about 1 tbl.)
half palmful EACH of garlic powder and onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
(See how fun that was to "wing" it and be a bit spontaneous!)

To Assemble:
Add taco seasoning and water to browned, drained hamburger.  Layer rest of ingredients.  Add dressing and chips (slightly crushed) just before serving.

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