Other than that is when my grandmother usually made it for our family. In fact, I can’t remember a Father’s day that we didn’t have this delightful, tasty dish.
I’ve been making this for years, as have my sister Ashley and my cousin Stephanie. When I sent them a picture message of one of the shots I took tonight, this was the reply I got:
Yummy! We had that yesterday
Mmm I made that Sunday night
We have a three-way message thread dating back a couple of years now. I just had to laugh when their responses came in mere seconds from each other.
I don’t know where my actual written recipe for this is. I have been making it for so long now that I am on autopilot. But for blogging purposes, I do need a written recipe. Whenever I have posted something I have been making for eons, I take the time to measure and weigh things out. But I wanted to take a shortcut; I sent a text to my grandma asking if she had it written down already. Of course she did-aren’t grandma’s wonderful? She took a picture of the recipe and messaged it over. Goodness, I love technology, and she’s pretty savvy with it.
Turns out she just made this too. I guess cravings run in the family. We talked briefly about this recipe; her written copy is just the ingredient portions, no step-by-step directions in her handwriting on “old paper.” She thinks she got this from a person many moons ago, and not from a cookbook or magazine. So, whomever gave her this recipe, thank you, we just love it.
Now, some notes about this dish:
· It makes a lot. The recipe as written is enough to feed 8 hungry souls
· The recipes calls for Taco flavor chips-Doritos brand
· Nacho cheese flavor will work but add taco seasoning to the ground beef
· This recipe is easily halved and quartered
· Or make the full batch but don’t mix it all together and just mix as needed during leftovers (it’s what I do)
· Use Green Goddess dressing, it’s not the same with ranch
· I used ½ pound lean ground beef and ½ pound ground turkey, which to everyone is blasphemy.
Father’s Day Taco Salad
- 1 head lettuce (usually iceberg)
- 2 tomatoes; finely diced
- 1 avocado; diced
- 1 small red onion; diced
- 1 lb . ground beef (see note above)
- 3/4 lb . cheddar cheese; grated
- 1-15 oz . can kidney beans; drained and rinsed
- 1-11 oz . bag Taco flavored Doritos brand chips; crushed
- 1-16 oz . bottle of Green Goddess dressing; to taste
- In a skillet, brown the beef (&/or turkey) and cook until it is done.
- Drain the rendered fat. (If using Nacho Cheese flavored chips, sprinkle the browned meat with about a tablespoon taco seasoning and mix well.)
- Allow the meat to cool thoroughly.
- While the meat is cooling, shred the lettuce, grate the cheese, and dice the tomatoes, onion, and avocado.
- Add it all to a very large mixing bowl.
- Add the beans, meat, and crushed chips. Toss well.
- Pour the salad dressing in a bit at a time and begin to mix it.
- Continue to add the dressing until it has reached the desired wetness. It usually takes the entire bottle.
- Serve immediately.
- Hold off on adding the chips if this will not be served immediately, sadly they get soggy quickly.
DORITOS® Taco Flavored Tortilla Chips
Green Goddess Dressing: