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Ingredients:

2 ½ oz. protein*, 1 Veggie, 1 dairy, AND 1 carb

  • 3 oz raw Maverick Ranch® ground round
    (This shrinks about ½ oz during cooking)
  • 1 cup lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • ¼ cup cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped (Spanish onion or scallion works well)
  • ¼ cup tomato, chopped
  • 2 ½ oz fat free cheese, shredded
  • sodium-free taco seasoning mix (to taste)
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 1 tbsp fat free sour cream
  • tortilla chips (recipe below)

Instructions:

Taco Salad:

  1. Brown ground beef in a small non-stick fry pan on medium heat.
  2. Drain, rinse (to remove excess fat), and place back in pan.
  3. Add ½ cup water and taco seasoning mix.
  4. When it gets bubbly, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 2 minutes.
  5. Place lettuce in bottom of a salad bowl.
  6. Then add ground beef, onion, and tomato in layers.
  7. Top off with crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and salsa.
  8. Serve with fat free sour cream.

Tortilla Chips:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. Cut corn or flour tortilla (0-1 gram fat & not over 95 cal/serv) into triangle-shape wedges
  3. Season if desired
  4. Bake in oven until crisp

* Remember: You need to add 2½ oz. of protein for dinner!

♦ Hint: Dipping a fork in sour cream or salad dressing before spearing the food can make a little go a long way!