I think this casserole tastes even better than a real taco, it is SO DELICIOUS! ...if you love tacos, then you will love this casserole! My recipe#76616 works great for this recipe. ALL ingredients can be adjusted to suit taste. It is best to prepare this casserole and bake right away as the broken tacos will get too soggy.
I literally live on this in the summer when tomatoes are garden-ripe! I prefer this to cooked salsa, and I really load up on the cilantro. Of course, you can adjust the heat and any other ingredient as you wish, but this is the basic recipe. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
I am posting the recipe as written by Paula Deen but I made a few changes. I used shredded taco cheese instead of cubed cheddar cheese. I mixed in a cup of salsa instead of topping each serving. I also used regular tostitos instead of doritos to mix in. The salad is great and very quick to make on a busy night.
Like most foods, I suspect this would probably taste better if it were deep fried, or slathered in oil or butter - but if that's not an option for you, here's a simple way to make individual serving bowls for your taco salad. You'll need a non-stick frying pan and two bowls that fit snugly together, the larger bowl will dictate the size of your tortilla bowl.
This Mexican inspired dish is my own creation and is a household favorite! We MUST have this dish at least once a week. Be warned, it's extremely tasty and addictive. We always serve this with Basic Mexican Rice Recipe #60573. I suggest adding a tsp of your favorite hot sauce if you like your filling to pack a little more heat.
This recipe is super easy--the main reason I like it, and it tastes great! And it is quick to prepare. The first time I made it, I made 2 casseroles. One for our new neighbors and one for the "Empty Nester" dinner party we were attending with a Mexican Potluck theme. I hardly needed to wash the dish! Hope your family and friends enjoy it with you as well.
This recipe makes a bunch. If you are craving salsa and chips this recipe will take you about 5 minutes to throw together. One bad thing about this recipe...it was given to me by a cook and cooks don't measure. I have just guessimated