Wednesday, December 15, 2010

CEiMB - Beef Taco Salad with Chunky Tomato Dressing

Hostess for the week - Peggy of!  That would be me of course.

It is always a treat to get to host one of the food groups.  It is not an easy task.   Not for me at least.  I analyze it to death.  How easy will it be to make on a work night?  How accessible are the ingredients to the majority?  How good will it taste?  I figured we would all be turkeed out (is turkeed a word) after Thanksgiving and might like a welcome change of just a good, taco salad. 

I got some vine ripened tomatoes at the store.  However, they were not as firm as I would have liked. 

They did not dice easily.

The only change I made to the recipe was I used bottled lime juice instead of fresh.
The finished product:
My rating.  We thought this was good, but nothing spectacular.  Easy to make, easy on the budget, and tasty.  Definitely worth trying.  Thank you all for cooking with me this week!!  Thank you Ellie for great, healthy recipes!

Now all of you get out there and get that shopping done!  I mean it.  Finish up.  Christmas is NEXT week!!!!!  Hope you are all having a fun holiday so far.

The recipe:
For the Meat:

3/4 pound lean ground beef (90 percent lean or higher)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more to taste
1/3 cup water

For the dressing:
4 medium tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the salad:
2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup grated Cheddar
2 ounces baked corn tortilla chips (about 32 chips)

To prepare the meat, heat a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until no longer pink, stirring occasionally and breaking the meat up with the spoon. Add the garlic and beans and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the chili powder, cayenne and water and stir until well combined and some but not all of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly. Meat mixture may be made up to 3 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
To make the tomato dressing, in a medium bowl, combine tomatoes (with their juices), oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Dressing may be prepared up to 2 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Place 2 cups of lettuce on each plate or in a lunch container. Top each serving with 1 cup of the beef mixture then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of cheese. If making to-go, pack 3/4 cup of the tomato mixture in a separate sealable container and put about 8 chips in a separate bag. Right before eating, pour a portion of the tomato mixture with the liquid on top of each salad, and crush tortilla chips on top.


Anonymous said...

You may not have thought this was great but I did. I really liked it. In my book, you made a great pick.

Mine almost looks like yours. No cheese in mine but otherwise, I basically followed the recipe. Since hubby was not home for dinner, I used the spice as stated which is probably why, I liked it so much. He likes bland food. Boring.

I enjoyed....

Kayte said...

We loved it...just the thing for teens and adults as well. Thanks for the pick, it will be visited again soon. Love your vignette photo at the nice. And, guess what, we have the same Christmas dishes! The boys have loved those through the years and enjoy seeing them each year...they are sturdy and in all these years we haven't broken a single one. I will enjoy them even more now knowing that you have them, too.

Mary said...

We really enjoyed this and thought it was a great pick. Nice, quick weeknight meal.

Joanne said...

We really enjoyed the salad. It was a terrific change of pace for us.
I was toying with using drained canned tomatoes since it's kind of out of season.
The tortilla chip topping was my favorite.

Bri said...

This was fantastic, so thanks for choosing it! I thought it was funny that you talked about being all turkeyed out and I made my salad with turkey! Oh well. Yeah, and the thing with me and tomatoes is weird. It's a texture thing; I love the flavor, but I can't handle them raw in stuff. Strange, that's me!

TeaLady said...

This was a perfect pick after all the heavy food of the last couple of weeks.

Always loved Taco Salad. Very RETRO!!

TeaLady said...

Forgot - your table scape is beautiful.