Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Non- traditional taco salads with BAKED shell

These are sooo good and not bad for you either so even better right? ;)  I have been making these for years and never thought of putting them on here until now. :) I hope you will love them as much as my family and I do. The dressing on these is a light or fat free thousand island dressing- sounds strange I know  BUT .... give it a try! It's actually a surprisingly tasty addition and makes it "non- traditional".

Serves 4


4 flour tortillas (I use burrito size)
cooking spray
1 1/2 lb. LEAN gd. beef or gd. turkey
1 Tbls. chili powder, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. red pepper, salt and pepper to taste
1 can of drained and rinsed kidney beans
2 tomatoes (diced)
1 avocado (diced)
1 chopped white or purple onion
1 head of iceburg lettuce (chopped)
1 Cup reduced- fat shredded cheddar cheese
Light or fat free thousand island dressing  ( I use just 2 Tbls. or so)
Optional- salsa, black olives, sour cream

To make shells-
Make a ball with around an 8x10 sheet of aluminum foil ( no need to measure LOL just an estimate ;) )
Spray tortilla on both sides with cooking spray and lay the tortilla on top of the foil
Bake at 350 for around 7 minutes  (as they bake the tortilla will form around the foil ball to make a "bowl" .

Taco salad-
1.Brown gd beef with chili powder, garlic powder, red pepper, and salt and pepper in pan coated with cooking spray.
2. Add kidney beans and cook around 5 minutes longer. set aside
3. In separate bowl, mix all vegetables, (except avocado) and cheese
4. In tortilla bowl add the ground beef mix, then salad mix on top and finally, top with avocado and drizzle with dressing and any optional toppings.
5. Enjoy! :)

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