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.
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: