Easy Taco Salad (30 Minute Meal)

This past weekend two of my nephews and one of my nieces (and their dog) had a sleep over at our house.

The kids had a blast!! (So did the dog.)

I needed something for dinner that was easy and would feed a crowd- Taco Salad seemed like the perfect fit! (And the perfect opportunity to make a big batch of Taco Meat.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of taco meat, cooked (here is how I batch cook taco meat)
  • 1 bag Fritos
  • 1 bottle Catalina dressing
  • 2 cans beans (pinto or kidney)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • toppings- lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, sour cream, salsa, etc.

Heat up your cooked taco meat. If it has been frozen you can defrost it and then warm it up over a low-med heat on the stove.

You could also heat it up in the microwave.

In a medium sauce pan heat your canned beans on the stove.

While your meat and beans are heating up, shred two cups of cheese.

Prep your veggies.

I chopped red tip lettuce, diced up some tomatoes and cubed an avocado.

When the meat and beans are thoroughly heated, place a couple of handfuls of Fritos on a plate.

Scoop some taco meat over the chips.

Scoop some drained beans over the meat.

canned beans

Top with lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, etc.

Drizzle with Catalina dressing and/or top with salsa, sour cream, etc.

My kids opt out of the dressing- I like lots!

Mix the salad around to coat and combine.

Enjoy!

This recipe is perfect for a crowd and perfect for a busy school night!

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Easy Taco Salad (30 Minute Meal)
Dinner
6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb of taco meat, cooked (see my taco meat recipe)
  • 1 bag Fritos
  • 1 bottle Catalina dressing
  • 2 cans beans (pinto or kidney)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • toppings- lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, sour cream, salsa, etc.
Instructions
  1. Heat up your cooked taco meat. If it has been frozen you can defrost it and then warm it up over a low-med heat on the stove. (You could also heat it up in the microwave.)
  2. In a medium sauce pan heat your canned beans on the stove.
  3. While your meat and beans are heating up, shred two cups of cheese.
  4. Prep your veggies. I chopped red tip lettuce, diced up some tomatoes and cubed an avocado.
  5. When the meat and beans are thoroughly heated, place a couple of handfuls of Fritos on a plate.
  6. Scoop some taco meat over the chips.
  7. Scoop some drained beans over the meat.
  8. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, etc.
  9. Drizzle with Catalina dressing and/or top with salsa, sour cream, etc.
  10. Mix the salad around to coat and combine.
  11. Enjoy!
Notes
How to batch cook taco meat: http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/08/easy-recipes-batch-cooking-taco-meat-3-lbs/.

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