Layered Taco Salad In A Cake Pan

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Are you looking for more family friendly meal ideas? You're in luck because this is one of the easy dinner ideas from Melissa of Chin Deep. Melissa shares all kinds of easy dinner ideas and great recipes on her website. Recipes that are easy to make and that the entire family will love, picky eaters included. This is one of the layered cake pan salads she shares with us, and they make some of the best salads you'll ever try. She has another layered salad recipe that's been shared and pinned so much, so she wanted to do something much like that recipe, but a taco salad version. She took the original idea of her layered salad and brought in some Mexican flavours this time. She even created a ranch flavoured sour cream mayonnaise for this recipe that wouldn't turn all of the other ingredients soggy. The recipe serves 8 to 10 people depending on the serving sizes, so you could make this at home for dinner, or you could make it and bring it to a potluck dinner or gathering.

So all you need is some lean ground beef, but you could also use ground chicken or turkey if you prefer. If you can, always use organic pasture raised meats when you can. Not only are the animals treated better during their lives, but they also don't have a bunch of hormones or antibiotics given to them which we then ingest when we consume the meat. Pasture raised animals' meat will also contain less fat than factory farmed meat. This is because factory farmed animals are given a high soy diet to cause them to gain weight, whereas the pasture raised animals are able to graze on the natural things the would eat in nature. You can usually find organic pasture raised meats in your grocery store, and if you can't try looking around for local organic farms in your area or close by. You'll also need some green chillies, undrained, iceberg lettuce, some taco seasoning mix, ranch sour cream mayonnaise, beans, sweet corn, red or green onion, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapeno peppers, Roma tomato, avocado and tortilla chips. If you're using any canned goods for this recipe, make sure you drain, rinse and then dry off the food really well before it goes into the recipe. Any excess moisture can cause the dish to become soggy.

Then, all you need to do is cook the meat with the chillies and the taco seasoning in a skillet until the meat is cooked.

You then put the meat into the fridge to cool down until it's completely cold. Adding the warm meat to the salad will just cause the lettuce to wilt and make it soggy which is not favourable. Once the meat is chilled, you can start assembling your salad ingredients. Start with a layer of meat, then add the lettuce on top, the ranch sour cream mayonnaise, the beans, corn, then the onion, and another layer of lettuce with more ranch sour cream mayonnaise on it then the salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and onion. When that's all ready, put it in the fridge overnight or all day and then it's ready to eat. When you serve it, you can crumble some tortilla chips over each piece and top with any extra toppings like avocado. This might just be one of the best salads you've ever tried, and your family will probably love it too. So try this and other family friendly meal ideas from Chin Deep and see which recipes from her website you life the most.***

Nutrition Facts for: Layered Taco Salad from Chin Deep
Ingredients: Extra lean ground beef, green chilies, iceberg lettuce, sour cream mayonnaise, canned beans, corn, onion, tomato salsa, cheddar cheese, sliced black olives, bacon, jalapeno peppers, roma tomato.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings. *Per Serving: Calories 400, Calories from Fat 238, Total Fat 26.5g 41%, Saturated Fat 12.5g 63%, Cholesterol 93mg 31%, Sodium 1046mg 44%, Potassium 634mg 18%, Carbohydrates 12.9g 4%, Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%, Sugars 4.0g, Protein 28.5g, Vitamin A 32%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 22%, Iron 24%

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