Summer Delightful Taco Salad

     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!

Lnking with Ann Kroeker at Food For Fridays


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