5.05.2008

A Great Cinco de Mayo Taco Salad

My friend April gave me a tip on how to make non-fried taco salad bowls, and they were great! I decided to serve them for our Cinco de Mayo celebration! This salad is awesome. Don't forget to serve it with Jumex Guava Nectar (available in the Mexican food section).

Ingredients
Salad Filling:
Refried Beans (1 can)
4 chicken breasts
3 carrots, chopped and diced
1 small zucchini, chopped and diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped and diced
1/2 packet taco seasoning
1/2 c. medium salsa


Tortillas:
4 tortillas
vegetable oil or non-stick cooking spray
chili powder (to taste)


Salad Toppings:
finely chopped iceberg lettuce
2 tomatoes, diced
fresh guacamole
sour cream
1/2 c. fresh shredded cotija cheese (Mexican parmesan)


Salsa de Repollo (this is a must! make ahead of time and let it marinate in fridge for a while):
In large tupperware, add all ingredients below and let sit to take in flavors.

1 small cucumber, finely shredded
1/2 head green cabbage, finely shredded
3 TBS. vinegar
1 TBS. lime juice
1 can green chiles (optional...use to taste)
1/2 tsp. ground oregano
1-2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Add carrots and peppers to frying pan, turn on medium-high and cook until semi-tender, add a little water if needed. Cut up chicken, add to carrots and peppers, add salsa and taco seasoning. Cook until chicken is almost done. Add zucchini. Stir all together and cook until chicken and zucchini are done.

Preheat oven to 425. Spray each side of tortilla with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle to desired amount with chili powder. Make a fist-sized ball of tin foil for each tortilla. Place each tortilla so it makes a dome over the tin foil ball. Bake for about 8 minutes or until crispy and lightly browned.

Add a layer of refried beans, chicken mixture, the salad toppings and salsa de repollo. Serve fresh! mmmmmmm.

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