Easy Taco Salad

After a week of Whole Foods salads and take-out meals I was so excited to get home and back into the kitchen! There is nothing better than a home cooked meal, except having it for leftovers the next day.

Taco salads may not be as exciting as taco's themselves, but they can be! When I'm craving something warm and satisfying, I whip up this quick meal that's healthy and will satisfy everyone in the family. As with all recipes make it your own. You know the flavors you like best, so feel free to improvise. I like bold flavors so I usually find that most recipes on the internet are under-seasoned.

Hope you enjoy!

Taco Meat

I doubled the recipe because my husband eats like a 16-year old, growing boy. Just half everything if this is for one!

  • 2 pounds ground beef (grass-fed and local is best)

  • 1 tablespoon ghee, butter, avocado oil

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 or 2 bell peppers, any color, diced

  • 3 cloves of garlic (omit and use garlic powder if needed)

  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning* (many quality seasoning brands offer mixes or make your own!)

  • Pepper

  • Salt, to taste

*Don't buy Old El Paso or McCormick, they both have sugar and Old El Paso has vegetable oil! These things are unnecessary and not healthful.

Cut up your onion and peppers, add as much or little as you like. Pre-heat your pan and add the fat of your choice. Pour in the diced onions, bell pepper, and garlic to the pan. Season lightly with salt and pepper and sauté for 10 minutes.

Move the onions and peppers to the side and put in the meat. Brown until cooked through. Add the taco seasoning and mix, leave for about 5 minutes and taste. If you think it needs more kick, add more seasoning or cayenne pepper. Leave covered on low to prepare the rest or prep in-between steps.

Build Your Bowl

This is totally up to your preferences, but I like a mix of a few things, or whatever is in my fridge.

  • Lettuce on the bottom (whatever kind meets your fancy) I buy a Gotham Greens lettuce mix

  • Tomatos

  • Pico de gallo

  • Kimchi, I know I'm weird! I love my Hawthorne Valley Farm's kimchi and adds some great probiotics. Or sauerkraut of some kind.

  • Guacamole, I make an avocado dip-type-thing

  • Paleo-ish Ranch

Layer lettuce, beef ,and toppings!

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