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Growing up, it seemed like every time we had company over, my mom always made a huge bowl of her famous taco salad. It was always a party favorite and was always requested by friends and family for my mom to make, especially around holidays and birthdays. Her taco salad has always been a favorite of my brother’s as well, and even today, she makes it for him every year for his birthday. It’s a light, yet filling meal that’s great for any time of the year. Now that I have a family of my own to feed and friends to invite over and parties to attend, her taco salad is always my go-to when I want to make something for a lot of people, since it’s so easy to throw together! My husband loves when I make it, but always asks for me to kick it up a notch with the taco flavor, sooooooo………. challenge accepted! 🙂 When I saw this variety gift pack of My Brother’s Salsa at Sam’s Club, I knew it would be perfect for my husband-taco-salad challenge. Woot!
I know I don’t look very excited, but I really, really was! These looked like the perfect salsas to spice up my mom’s recipe. I love the variety the gift pack they are offering right now… It’s a little something for everyone!
Four different flavors meant I could really play around and see what would work best in my mom’s recipe. I was pleasantly surprised to find that their salsas have ALL natural ingredients. I was able to pronounce every single ingredient on the jars, and that definitely says a lot about a product.
First, you’re going to brown two pounds of ground beef, drain and put it back into the pan on the stove. While you’re waiting on the meat to brown, you’re going to get a large salad or mixing bowl and set it aside. Then you’re going to chop 2 heads of lettuce, a green, red and yellow pepper, and layer them into the bowl. Take two cups of cheese and sprinkle it on top.
Take a small mixing bowl and add a cup of whipped salad dressing, a cup of the My Brother’s Black Bean & Corn Salsa, and a cup of the My Brother’s Salsa House flavor and combine until you get a creamy salad dressing consistency. You can also add about 1.5 teaspoons of sugar to sweeten it up a bit. Combine it all completely.
The sugar in my mom’s original recipe was what I really loved about hers, so I wanted to keep that bit of sweetness in this recipe.With the stove still on low/medium heat and the hamburger still in the pan, you’re going to pour and stir about a cup of the My Brother’s Salsa in with the drained hamburger and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. After it’s finished and cooled a bit, you’re going to layer it on top of the cheese in the salad bowl. In my mom’s recipe, she always left the cooked hamburger plain and allowed her dressing to coat the meat, but I wanted to give the meat a little more flavor and moistness, so that’s why I added the My Brother’s Salsa House flavor. Then, you’re going to layer the salad dressing on top of the meat, then a cup more of cheese (not pictured, but trust me, do it!), and crunch up either or both cheese tortilla chips and regular restaurant-style tortilla chips on as the last and top layer.
Mmm. So stinkin’ good!
My mom always just used the cheesy tortilla chips on the top of her salad, but since my daughter has a food dye sensitivity, I wanted to give my mom’s salad another twist by adding those regular tortillas. Variety is the spice of life, I say!
I have one big tip for this salad. Make sure you leave everything layered in the bowl as instructed until right before it’s time to chow down. You don’t even have to toss this salad, just take some salad tongs, dig to the bottom, and pull out a big section and plop it right into your bowl! There is no mixing needed here! Besides, if you mix everything together, you risk the chance of the dressing making your chips and lettuce soggy if you don’t eat all of it right away. And who wants that? Also, if you’re taking this to a party or a get together, you can leave the dressing and crushed chips off until right before you serve. You can also serve those two things on the side so your guests can choose how much dressing and chips they want!
This is such a versatile recipe. That’s why my family loves it so much!
I really love my new twist on this salad. The My Brother’s Salsa really gives it that extra kick! Like I said before, I found My Brother’s Salsa gift pack at Sam’s Club (for a limited time, and a perfect Christmas gift for those salsa lovers in your family, so hurry!), but you can find this brand at Walmart, Harris Teeter, and The Fresh Market. It’s totally worth tracking down for this recipe and for others! We used My Brother’s Salsa this morning at church for breakfast burritos, and I fed nachos to the girls sprinkled with some of the ground beef I set aside and topped it with cheese. These salsas are so flavorful any way you use them. Oh and get this– there’s also a family recipe on the side of every jar they sell. So, if you’re stumped on something to make one night, this all-women company has got ya covered!
What do you think about this new spin on my mom’s recipe? Let me know how you like it in the comments below!
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 heads iceburg lettuce
- 1 red pepper
- 1 green pepper
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 jar My Brother's House Salsa
- 1 cup My Brother's Corn & Black Bean Salsa
- 1 cup whipped salad dressing
- 3-4 cups shredded colby jack or mexican blend cheese
- 4 or so cups of crushed cheesy and/or regular tortilla chips
- Brown and drain ground beef, put back in pan on the stove on low.
- While meat is browning, chop lettuce and peppers and layer into a large salad bowl.
- layer two cups of cheese over vegetables.
- Add a cup of the My Brother's House Salsa to the ground beef and let simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a small mixing bowl, blend 1 cup of whipped salad dressing, a cup of My Brother's House Salsa, a cup of My Brother's Corn & Black Bean Salsa, and 1.5 teaspoons of sugar.
- Layer ground beef over cheese and top with the rest of the cheese.
- Pour salad dressing over cheese and spread out evenly.
- Layer crushed tortilla chips on top.
- Serve in a layered fashion as a way to keep the chips and lettuce from getting soggy.