Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Taco Salad with Homemade Taco Ranch Dressing

Yay for Taco Tuesday and Yay that Spring and warmer weather are finally here.  I can pack up the chili and mashed potatoes and stew and stuff until Fall and start feeding my family fresh salad for dinner.  There's no question everyone in this house loves taco salad.  And there are so many variations.  But my favorite is truly just taco ingredients served in salad form.  Which is tasty but not very exciting.  So I whipped up a Homemade Taco Ranch Dressing to go along.  And, to take it to the next level I made a pretty presentation using my Le Creuset Chip & Dip set.  It's not just for chip and dips!  Mr. DD and the Little Devil were really impressed with the presentation.  It made an ordinary Tuesday night meal extra special.  You could just throw it all in a bowl, or layer it too.  Add black olives or avocados if that's your thing.  Just add some Homemade Taco Ranch and enjoy!

Homemade Taco Ranch Dressing
Make Taco Tuesday Special...

Check out the fun presentation...
Think outside the box. 
I used my Le Creuset Chip & Dip Set

You need some Homemade Taco Ranch
to make your Taco Tuesday Tasty!

Homemade Taco Ranch Dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup Mexican Crema (you could substitute sour cream)
4 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate prior to serving.

Prep Time:  Approximately 5 minutes   Cook Time:  0

NOTE: For my Taco Salad, I layered on my Chip platter:

Tortilla Chips
Shredded Lettuce (1 head iceberg)
Seasoned Ground Beef (1 pound seasoned with homemade chile powder, browned and drained)
Black Beans (1 14.5 ounce can, drained)
Sliced Cherry Tomatoes (1 carton sliced in half)
Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese (1-8ounce package)
4 green onions, sliced

Feel free to use:

Black olives
Pickled jalapeno slices
Sour cream

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