Some of the people I know will see this recipe and laugh because this dish was pretty much the only thing I could “cook” back in the day. I used eat this almost every week during college and I still enjoy it here and there to bring back old memories. This recipe is quick, easy and when stored properly can be even better the next day at lunch. No fancy tricks, just a tasty salad that is cheap and appeals to all appetites. Not to mention, who doesn’t like taco salad??
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes (includes cooling of beef after browned)
*(1) Head of iceburg lettuce, cleaned and chopped (or any other lettuce)
*(2) lbs of ground beef
*Taco Seasoning (you can make your own, but just buy packet)
*(2) Tomatoes, seeded and diced (cut tomato half and use spoon to scoop seeds out)
*(1) Jalapeno (optional) seeded and diced
*(1) small bunch of scallions, sliced horizontally
*(1) cup of shredded cheddar cheese
*Italian Dressing (I use the Good Seasonings packet and make my own)
*Nacho Cheese Doritos, smashed
Start off by browning your ground beef over medium high heat until cooked through, takes about 10 minutes. Drain the fat. Add taco seasoning per packet directions and mix. It normally calls for about ½ cup of water. Transfer taco meat to a bowl and throw it in the freezer for 10 minutes while you chop everything. You can use hot meat on your salad but note that it will wilt the lettuce and the texture isn’t too ideal. I like to cool it down just a little bit so it’s still warm but not piping hot.
Get a large bowl. Chop lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno, and scallions and put in bowl. Add cheese on the top. Toss.
Spoon salad into individual portions. Then place the beef on top of the salad and add your desired amount of dressing. I don’t add the italian dressing into the big bowl so I can separate it out for the next day and avoid soggy salad. Take the Doritos bag and squish it together to break up the Dorito pieces, and add to the top of salad like croutons. Add however much you like! Toss again.
And that's my college throwback taco salad! Now, where’s my margarita??