For years my family has enjoyed my version of taco salad https://www.instructables.com/id/Taco-Salad-my-way/ but I seldom make less than 5pounds which is a HUGE bowl and gets expensive. I decided to try something new in a small scale using the basic recipe
Step 1: INGREDIENTS
1 Pound of ground meat of choice, either recipe works well with ground chicken or turkey I just prefer beef
1 packet of taco seasoning
french salad dreesing
catalina salad dressing
salt and pepper
steak sauce (not shown)
dorito style chips
cheese of choice ( I'm using white cheddar here but Ive used jack or pepper jack in the past, the choice is yours)
tortilla flour (local Mexican grocery has ready mix for flour tortillas)
Step 2: The Filling
chop your peppers and onions and place in a frying pan, add your ground meat, salt and pepper and allow to slightly brown, add the taco seasoning packet and 1/2 a packet full of water, cover and bring to a hard simmer, remove the lid and allow some of the liquid to cook off and then turn off the heat and allow the mix to cool (while the meat is cooking and cooling you can be making the crust, see next step) once the meat has cooled add in 1/2 cup each of the salad dressing, crush and stir in the dorito chips, cut your cheese choice into small cubes and stir them into the mix
Step 3: The Crust
A new recipe calls for a new ingredient right? I usually buy my peppers and favorite hot sauce from a small Mexican grocery, I was looking for a small bag of Masa to make corn tortilla mix but all they had was 10pound bags, they did have this small bag of premixed flour for tortillas, it has baking powder and several other things added.
I basically followed the directions on the package but I substituted olive oil for the butter and added in about a teaspoon of garlic powder to 2 cups of flour. I mixed it all with about a half cup of water and kneaded it until it formed a ball. I used olive oil to lubricate the foil pan I was using and then pressed the dough into the bottom and up the sides.
I blind baked (baked the empty crust) in a 350f oven for 20 minutes. In retrospect i should have either cooked it a little longer or at a higher heat
Step 4: Build It and Bake It
Spoon the meat mixture into the prebaked shell and top with thawed hash browns bake at 350f for 30 minutes then broil until the potatoes are slightly browned
Step 5: Chow Time
This is rather filling and with a side salad could easily feed 4.
Adding a can of black black or kidney beans and a can of corn would almost double the filling.
Adding a layer of cheese over the browned hash browns would make it more fork friendly
Although this was far from an abject failure it will need to be played with a bit