Are you looking for a quick meal that will please the whole family and keep it light for summer? Here's a salad with some meat in it to make it a hearty meal that even my big guys like. Just remember that if you are making this recipe for man-sized appetites, you will need to at least double it for 4 servings. It's chock full of yummy veggies--green pepper, tomatoes, green chilies, onions, and lettuce heaped with ground beef (or turkey) and Colby Jack Cheddar Cheese. Top your dish with the typical Mexican fare--sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and chips. I found this recipe in a newspaper many years ago.
1 Cup of chopped peeled tomatoes (2 large)--to peel the tomatoes, my Mom taught me to boil water in a sauce pan, spoon in the washed whole tomatoes, and let them simmer for 3 minutes. Turn the heat off. Let them sit in the pan while you chop up the other veggies. Then scoop them out with a slotted spoon to cool on your cutting board. When they are cool, the skins slide right off so you can chop them.
1/2 Cup each chopped green bell pepper and onion. You could also use red bell pepper.
2 Tbls of canned chopped green chilies ( I added the entire small can of diced green chilies when I doubled the recipe)
1/2 tsp salt
2 Cups torn iceberg lettuce ( I use much more to make it a hearty salad)
1 Cup shredded Colby/Jack cheese (our favorite) or you can use just Cheddar or just Jack cheese
1 Cup corn chips or fried tortilla strips
Garnish with tomato wedges (I use cheese and chips)
In small bowl mix chopped tomatoes, green pepper, onion, chilies and salt; set aside. Place the lettuce in large salad bowl; set aside. In medium skillet cook meat, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon, until meat is brown and crumbly; drain off excess fat (I use 93% lean beef). Add hot meat to lettuce, then add cheese, tomato mixture and chips; toss to blend. This says it makes 4 servings--4 servings for the little guys!
Serve with warm tortillas or chips and salsa.
Hope you enjoy this dish. Let me know if you try it or have a similar one.
Have a Blessed Weekend!
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