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This quick recipe can be thrown together in about 20 minutes and can feed several people for less than ten bucks. Plus, the meat keeps and reheats beautifully, so it makes for great leftovers!
(Just don’t throw it all in one big bowl together if you’re planning on saving some, because you won’t want to reheat the meat together with the lettuce later!)
This dish is also South Beach Diet-friendly and Atkins-friendly; just omit the corn chips and make sure your salsa is low in sugar.
Please note that these directions include using texturized vegetable protein (TVP). Click here to learn about cooking with TVP. If you do not wish to use TVP, you can simply increase the amount of ground meat or leave measurements alone and create a smaller amount of meat/bean mixture without the TVP. If you skip the TVP, be sure to still add between 1/4 or
1/2 cup water to the cooked meat anyway when adding the seasoning pouch. You can also prepare this using all TVP
instead of cutting it with meat.
Begin by coating a large skillet with nonstick spray and warming over medium heat. While skillet is heating, chop 1 head of lettuce into multiple bowls or one large serving bowl.
Place 1 lb. ground beef or turkey (thawed) in skillet and begin to brown meat. Stir often to break up chunks. Cook 5-7 minutes or until no large red/pink portions of meat remain. Drain if necessary.
Add 3/4 cup dry TVP, 3/4 cup water and contents of 1 dry taco seasoning packet. Stir well.
While TVP and meat cook together in seasoning, drain and rinse 1 can of black beans.
Add beans to the mixture and stir again. Reduce heat to low.
While mixture sits on low heat, chop 2 large tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and add to chopped lettuce. Slice a cucumber if desired and add to salad.
Sprinkle shredded colby or cheddar cheese over each salad. (A 2-cup bag of cheese will do several servings of taco salad.) With a slotted spoon, dish meat/bean mixture over the shredded cheese. (I like to layer the cheese and meat in this order so the hot meat has a chance to melt the cheese a bit before I eat it.)
Top with taco sauce or salsa and a large handful of corn chips. Delicious!