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Chopped Taco Salad Recipe

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A delicious taco salad is always a great choice for dinner or as a dish to bring to parties or events. This chopped taco salad is loaded with flavor and numerous ingredients. The combination of taco meat, beans, cheese, tomato, olives, lettuce, tortilla chips, and a cilantro-lime dressing makes this taco salad a sure winner. What makes this taco salad unique is the avocado-lime dressing—the combination of avocado, cilantro, and lime juice helps to add a great amount of flavor to this dish. If you do not want to use ground beef, using ground turkey will work instead. To save time this recipe uses packets of taco seasoning but you can make your own if you would prefer. To experiment with different flavors, you can use Doritos in place of the tortilla chips. Enjoy.

Ingredients:
3/4lb ground beef
1 (1 ¼ ounce) packet taco seasoning
8 cups romaine lettuce (coarsely chopped)
2 large tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
1 (2 1/3 ounce) can sliced black olives (drained)
1 cup grated Colby-jack cheese
1 bag tortilla chips
Dressing-
1 ripe Hass avocado (halved and peeled)
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 small garlic clove (minced)
juice of 1 lime
¼ cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
½ cup buttermilk
½ teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions:
Step 1: To make the dressing- place the avocado, olive oil, yogurt, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, buttermilk, salt and pepper into a food processor  or blender, blend until smooth. Set aside.
Step 2: In a large skillet brown the ground beef over medium-high heat. As the beef cooks break it up into chunks with a spatula. Drain off any excess fat. Stir in the taco seasoning. Stir in the tomato sauce and black beans. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Step 3:  To assemble the salad- place a layer of tortilla chips onto 4 plates. Divide the lettuce among the 4 plates on top of the tortilla chips. Top with some of the meat mixture, cheese, tomatoes, and olives on each plate. Drizzle the dressing onto the top of the salads.
(Makes 4 Servings)

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