MEXICAN TACO SALAD

Have you ever wanted something . . . a Something that you really Didn’t need?

You’ve picked it up several times, but always put it back.

Well I say, “The heck with it . . . frivilous or not, I’m buying it!”

. . . and I did.

It made these crispy fluted shells.

I’m happy now.

They are baked . . . not fried . . . and very crispy.

I bought these pans from The Prepared Pantry. They have 3 different sizes: 4 Mini, 2 Medium, or 1 large.  The size pictured is the Medium size.  I also bought the 4 mini’s.  I told you . . . I went crazy!  They are going to be lot’s of fun though.  Just think of the possibilities. I have my eye on a few other new fangled pans as well.  Uggg.

I simply brushed the pans with some non-stick spray and plopped the soft shells inside.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes until golden brown.

Note:  Fried Shells are a bit more delicious, but not good for you.  The baked Shells are great, but next time I will brush the tortilla with some melted butter or Olive Oil before baking.  That is optional of course!

See . . .

My favorite way to make the meat filling for Taco Salads is this way:

“Corn Chip Casserole”

You can have the Casserole with a greed salad and French Bread the 1st night,

then . . . Use what’s Leftovers to make Taco Salads the next night.

 Place Grated Cheese in the bottom of the bowl.

This keeps the bottom of the shell from getting soggy.

Place a nice big scoop of Warm Casserole mixture on top of Cheese.

like this . . .

Top meat mixture with Lettuce, Cheese, Tomatoes, Bacon, Sunflower Seeds, Chilies, Olives, sour cream, Guacamole, etc. You can crush Corn Chips over the top if you like.  Sometimes I like Blue Cheese Dressing, French or Catalina dressing drizzled over the top.  With the Casserole base, it really doesn’t need it though. 

I simply serve it with Toasted Garlic French Bread.

You can make one large Corn Chip Casserole, and have 2 easy meals!

Unless you have a big family of course –   Make extra . . . it’s good! 

 

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  • Rosa - August 16, 2010 - 2:56 pm

    That looks so good! I really like the idea.

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Lynn - August 16, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    Perfect!!! I have the 4 mini ones in my cupboard and have used them to make “dessert” taco shells. You know…..dip the edges in melted chocolate and then sprinkle with icing sugar. But now I must get the larger ones for the taco salads! YAY! Thanks for letting me know where to get the larger ones. You can’t find these kinds of pans anywhere in Western Canada. Sheesh! ; SReplyCancel

  • Niki Bagley - August 16, 2010 - 3:30 pm

    Oh, we had these last week! I love those pans. Of course, yours look so yummy! Joe just walked by and saw the pics and said “Oh, that looks really good!” =)ReplyCancel

  • Beth - August 17, 2010 - 12:41 am

    These look like so much fun and much healthy than the fried ones tortillas. I liked the dessert comment also:) I really want to get these pans. Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - August 17, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Sometimes it is just so nice when you get to indulge in something for yourself…I just love it! I think they are so cute.
    Sorry my kids had to have p&j sandwiches instead of the delicious casserole…so picky!ReplyCancel

  • SarahM - August 17, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    My cousin just told be about your site and I LOVE it! I also have a five year old named Bridger…great name!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - August 20, 2010 - 5:02 pm

    Now I have to get one!!! Great idea for Mark’s BDay party!!!ReplyCancel