For those of you who haven’t had a chance to keep up with the goings on when it comes to the ‘New Adventures of Christy Jordan’ (that’s what I’m calling it), then you may not have heard about Christy’s run-in with a certain horse. You can get all the updates HERE. Let’s just say, the horse isn’t the one scooting around in a wheelchair with two broken legs. Christy, as she always does, has the best attitude and outlook towards it all. God love her! But we’re keeping her close in our hearts and prayers for a swift recovery and healing.
So, let me introduce myself to the Southern Plate family. My name is Brandie and I am the author over at a food blog called The Country Cook. I share easy and family-friendly recipes. I like to say my food is home cookin’ for the busy cook! I was just tickled pink when Christy asked me if I wouldn’t mind sharing a favorite recipe of mine with Southern Plate readers while she is recuperating and eager to get back in the, uh, saddle. I mean, um, kitchen. Probably shouldn’t make any saddle references right now…
This meal I’m sharing today is one that reminds me so much of my childhood. When my brother and I were old enough, my Mom taught us some easy meals so that we could cook hot meals for ourselves. Things like spaghetti and tacos and even meatloaf! I’m sure this salad will be familiar to many of you. This is one my brother and I now make for our own families.
What we loved most about it is my Mom let us make it however we liked it.
We would put all the ingredients into bowls and then we could just go down the line and add on whatever we wanted. It felt like a buffet to us! Feel free to change out the Doritos with regular tortilla chips. And have fun and play around with your favorite taco toppings on this!
- 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- Water whatever the back of your packet of taco seasoning requires
- 1 bag of Doritos
- 1 can dark red kidney beans rinsed and drained
- ½ head lettuce shredded
- 1 block of medium Cheddar Cheese shredded
- 3 to matoes diced
- 1 container of Sour cream
- 1 bottle of Catalina dressing
- Brown and drain beef of excess fat. Add packet of taco seasoning (whichever one is your favorite or if you make your own). Add necessary water (following directions on back of package). Let water reduce until the beef mixture is thick and the flavors melded. Turn off heat. Crush a handful (or more) of Doritos and place on plate. Next layer with a little taco beef mixture.
- Then add whatever toppings you prefer; kidney beans, shredded lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and then lightly drizzle with Catalina dressing.
- This is great to double to feed a larger crowd. Have a taco salad bar!
Cook’s Note: Some other toppings include: salsa, pinto beans, olives or jalapenos.
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.