Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dorito Taco Salad

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Being that it's Cinco de Mayo, what better salad to have today than a taco salad? I really enjoy salads that have a combination of fruits, nuts and cheese... the only exception is when it comes to taco salad. Instead, I like taco salads chock full of all my fave ingredients I'd put into a burrito. This specific taco salad has another fun component - Dorito chips! Yep, that's right... and this Dorito Taco Salad has more surprises in store...

Taco salad usually conjures up a vision of lettuce, tomato, cheese, olives, black beans, sweet corn and maybe some seasoned beef, chorizo sausage, chicken or pork. It's then topped with a dollop of sour cream and/or even guacamole with a nice dose of salsa to pull it all together. But this is not that kind of taco salad.

It starts out similarly but what ties it together is the use of sweet bottled French dressing. What?! French dressing in a taco salad? Yes! Oddly, it's a combination that really works and you could even substitute it with bottled Catalina dressing too. For an additional crunch, Dorito chips (or any nacho flavored chips) are crunched and sprinkled on the top. This is a salad you'll have to try and taste for yourself because it really is delicious!

Dorito Taco Salad
recipe adapted from Recipezaar

1 lb ground beef
1 link soft Mexican chorizo
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups chopped lettuce (more or less to your liking)
1 cup chopped tomato (more or less to your liking)
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup canned sweet corn, drained
1 cup shredded taco blend cheese (more or less to your liking)
1 (16 ounce) bottle French or Catalina salad dressing
1 (12 1/2 ounce) bag Nacho Cheese Doritos chips or nacho flavored tortilla chips, crushed


In a large skillet, crumble ground beef and chorizo over medium high heat. Sprinkle all the seasonings over the mixture and saute until cooked through.

In a large bowl, place the lettuce, tomato, beans, corn, cheese, salad dressing and seasoned ground beef and chorizo mixture. Toss to combine and place in a serving bowl.

Sprinkle the top of the salad with crushed Dorito chips and serve.

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