Sunday, January 16, 2011

Easy Taco Salad (frito pie) By Tanjie

2 (15oz) can kidney beans, drained or 1 cup dry beans, cooked tender (about 3 cups of cooked beans)
1/2 to 1 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon dry onion
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon pepper
15 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups corn tortilla chips (fritos, doritos are good)
1-2 cups shredded cheese
start the kidney beans in the morning, bringing them to a boil in a quart of water, and then letting them rest for an hour. Then simmer them until they are tender and refrigerate them until suppertime. If you didn't want to cook your beans from scratch, you could use canned beans.
Cook your hamburger. Drain excess fat. Put the beans, seasonings, and tomato sauce in the skillet with the meat. Stir it all up and simmer it for a few min. to blend the flavors. If necessary you may add a little water, but remember you want it thick.
When the mixture is hot, turn it into a 9x13pan. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and tehn catter teh corn chips over all. Jab the mixture with a fork or spoon to coat some of the chips into the meat mixture. Place the pan in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for about 20min. When the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly, the dish is done.
To serve, place a handful of lettuce in a bowl. Top it with a big scoop of the tortilla chip meat mixture. Then add chopped tomato, onion and sour cream. Some like it with ranch dressing and a dash of red pepper flakes too.
*you can substitute a packet of taco seasoning for the spices, but it tastes way better with the spices.

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