Fritos Taco Salad is a fun and kid-approved easy dinner idea the entire family will love. Made with real ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes!
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My mother-in-law shared this simple Fritos Taco Salad with me when she was in town recently. It’s a recipe that her mother made often for her, and she, in turn, made for kids. It’s kid approved and adults love it too. Start with a handful of fritos chips on a plate and ladle a spoonful of the taco meat and bean mixture over top. Add shredded lettuce, cheese, olives, tomatoes, avocado, salsa and sour cream.
This Fritos Taco Salad is fun and different, and the perfect meal to mix things up. My kids LOVE it. I thought my one-year-old might have trouble eating it, but she literally ditched her fork and shoveled spoonfuls into her mouth with her hands. It was hilarious. I hope you all love this easy, family-friendly dinner idea as much as we did!
- 1/2 lb lean ground beef
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 celery stalk diced (just one single piece)
- 1/2 of a yellow onion diced
- 1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can chili bean partially drained
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 romaine heart chopped
- 1 large tomato diced
- 1 avocado peeled, seeded and chopped
- 1 small can of sliced olives optional
- sour cream for topping
- salsa for topping
- 1 16 oz bag Frito Chips
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine all of the taco seasoning spices in a small bowl and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped onion and celery and cook until meat is browned. Drain any grease. Add minced garlic. Add crushed tomatoes, chili beans, and taco seasoning. Stir and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat.
Place a handful of fritos chips on a plate. Top with a ladle-full of chili mixture. Top with a handful of chopped lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes, avocados, olives, and a spoonful of sour cream and salsa. Enjoy!
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