fiesta friday. [layered taco salad]

May 1st, 2015 by | comments

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Cheers to Friday! I highly suggest making this delicious taco salad over the weekend. :-)


layered taco salad
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Ingredients
  • Ground beef recipe:
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 fresh serrano chiles (including seeds), finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder, plus more to taste
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin, plus more to taste
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. ground sirloin
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Tortilla strips recipe:
  • Vegetable oil
  • 6 corn tortillas, cut into ½-inch strips
  • Salt
  • Taco salad recipe:
  • 1-2 avocados, diced
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream, for garnish, if desired
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. For the beef: Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add olive oil. Once hot, add onion, garlic, and serrano chiles, stirring occasionally, and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin about halfway through cooking. Add ground sirloin and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up lumps, until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes, then spoon off any excess fat from skillet.
  2. Add tomato sauce, salt, and pepper to beef and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. For the crispy tortilla strips: Stack corn tortillas and cut the pile into six strips. Heat vegetable oil in small skillet (fill oil about ¼ way up the side of the skillet); once hot, add 5-6 tortilla strips at a time and cook until golden on both sides, about 20-30 seconds total. Remove from pan and place crispy strips on paper towel-lined plate. Season tortilla strips with salt.
  4. For assembly: Spread lettuce over bottom of a bowl. Spoon beef mixture evenly over lettuce and continue making layers with tomatoes, cheese, beans, corn, avocado, and sour cream, if desired. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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