When you're hungry for Mexican but don't want to go out, don't have much time, want to eat healthy, or don't want too many ingredients (or all of the above), you can't beat a Taco Salad. Quick and easy, it can be as healthy or unhealthy as you want it. Having just moved into a new apartment, most of my kitchen is not yet unpacked. Besides that, I don't have an oven. I know, shocking. That eliminated about 1/3 of my cooking repertoire. However, this requires only one pan, and little effort, so you can make it happen in under 20 minutes.
1 head romaine lettuce, or 1 bag pre-cut mix
Shredded cheese, preferably cheddar or Mexican mix
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup water
Black olives (optional)
Step 1: Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Drain off the excess fat, and add 1/4 cup taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water slowly, stirring it all together. Leave on low heat for about 10 minutes to allow the seasoning to cook into the beef.
Step 2: While waiting, chop up the Romaine and tomato and place in a large bowl. When all seasoning is cooked in, put beef over top. Sprinkle on the cheese, crush up a few handfuls of Doritos, and douse with Catalina dressing.
The Doritos give it a cheesy crunch and the dressing is just enough tang, while the sweet works with the spice of the taco seasoning. It is so tasty! Obviously, if you go heavy on the lettuce and tomato and light on the beef plus nix the Doritos and dressing, it is much healthier. But where's the fun in that? ;)
What's your favorite salad topping?
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