I know I am bringing this to you after the 4th of July. And I apologize. But I didn't make it until the 3rd and haven't gotten around to posting about it until now. So make it for the 4th next year, or for any other patriotic holiday! Or just make it minus the flag presentation.
You could arrange the beans (or olives, if you use those) in the shape of stars if you like. I thought that was too much work, so I just piled them in the top left corner. The half-assed way to do things!
I would recommend using more chips for dipping if you are eating leftovers the next day, because the chips in the taco salad get soggy by then. But if you are eating it that day then you should be fine. You can also prep and assemble everything for the taco salad ahead of time if need be, and just serve with chips when ready.
Patriotic Taco Salad
adapted from Taste of Home
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained (save some for star garnish)
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
- 1 recipe Homemade Taco Mix
- 3 cups Tostitos chips with a hint of pepperjack, plus more for dipping
- 4 cups shredded lettuce
- 2 cups (8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- sour cream for garnish, if desired
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Stir in the water, tomato paste, and taco mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Drain all liquid.
Meanwhile, microwave black beans in a bowl according to directions on the can.
Place 3 cups of tortilla chips in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Spread beef mixture evenly over top. Then add the drained, heated beans, but leaving some to make the stars garnish. Cover with lettuce. Add beans to top left corner, making stars. Spread cheese evenly over top. Then arrange tomatoes to make stripes on top. Top each portion with sour cream, if desired.
It was tasty, I'll tell ya. We really enjoyed this meal. The flavor of the meat was nice, since I used a homemade taco mix. It did need some kind of sauce to moisten it up a bit, that's why we added the sour cream. Ranch dressing would also work. You can't go wrong with taco salad, can you?
Peace, and bacon grease!