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Zesty Taco Salad

Posted on 30 December 2009 by noelskitchen

Easy Family Meals

Cooking at Home? Try a new Recipe

I am so excited about what is in store for 2010! I’m creating new and delicious budget, kid-friendly recipes for moms to try, so no there’s no more searching the web for hours or buying new cookbooks on meals solutions for their family.

Today there’s a good chance you’ll find more and more moms cooking more often at home for their families. You may also find yourself preparing the same old meals day after day.

It’s time for change! Try some new recipes and get cooking again!

Selecting new recipes can be fun. Consider giving yourself the chance to try one new recipe a week. The best time to try a new recipe is on the weekend, after the weekday rush subsides. So you may be asking, “Where do I find great new recipes that are quick and easy?” Well, it’s not about finding the perfect recipe, or creating the perfect meal, but about having fun trying something new, and continually expanding your culinary horizons.

Great recipes truly are everywhere you look. For example, have you asked your friends lately about their favorite recipes? Consider recipes that use an ingredient that is new to you or even one that usually doesn’t make it into your shopping cart. One new ingredient can be the pick-me-up that your meal times are looking for! I am constantly on the look out for different recipes to incorporate into my meal planning. You don’t have to do it all at once. Introduce little ideas or ingredients slowly until you are satisfied with your results. A recipe is always a work in progress.

Remember, practice makes perfect! This is true even in the kitchen. So, practice, practice, practice, and enjoy every meal you make! I hope I have inspired you to get into the kitchen and try a new dish!

Check out my website for new featured recipes. Here’s a recipe that is a twist to your regular tacos, it’s filled with fresh veggies and topped with a tangy dressing.

Zesty Taco Salad

Zesty Taco Salad

Serves: 8


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Taco seasoning
  • 1 medium size head lettuce, shredded
  • 1 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium size green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 10 ounce container of sweet grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded blend of mild Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 bag of Doritos Nacho Cheese Chips (or regular tortilla chips)
  • 1 16-24 ounce bottle of Catalina dressing
  • 1 avocado
  • Sour Cream


In a large skillet, brown ground beef, drain excess fat, return to pan. Add water and taco seasoning. Reduce heat to simmer until water is completely absorbed.

Beef Taco

 In a large bowl, add the shredded lettuce, kidney beans and garbonzo beans.

Bean Salad

Add green onion, bell pepper and grape tomatoes.

Bean Salad with Vegetables

Add shredded cheese and ground beef mixture. Top with chips crumbled lightly.

Taco Salad

Add dressing and toss until all ingredients are coated evenly with dressing. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and avocado.

Taco Salad Ideas

Note: A great addition to this salad would be broccoli (which I omitted this time) and fresh corn.

There are several ways to create a quick and tasty homemade meal for your family in minutes. Keep visiting often…..Noel’s Kitchen Tips has a lot to choose from!

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Mari Says:

    Me Encanta!

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