10 Layer Taco Salad

Beautiful way to serve a taco salad, great for parties or entertaining.
-- Serves
SKILL LEVEL 6 to 8 servings
Taco Salad
4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce OR other crisp salad greens
1 can (4 ounces) sliced black olives, drained
1-1/2 cups diced Roma tomatoes OR quartered grape tomatoes
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 pound (500g) ground beef OR turkey
1 package taco seasoning mix
4 corn tortillas, cut into wedges
1 cup Mazola® Corn, Canola OR Vegetable Oil
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup crumbled Cacique Queso Fresco cheese
1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend OR cheddar cheese
Spicy Chipotle Ranch Salad Dressing
1/3 cup Mazola® Corn, Canola OR Vegetable Oil
1 cup Cacique Crema Table Cream
2 tablespoons loosely packed fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons canned chipotle in adobo sauce (or adjust to taste)
1 tablespoon powdered buttermilk
1 teaspoon Chicken Flavoured Boullion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black medium grind pepper

Place lettuce into bottom of clear straight-sided bowl or trifle bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Combine tomatoes, olives, green onions and cilantro in a small bowl, season with salt and pepper, if desired and set aside.

Brown meat in a large nonstick skillet for 5 to 8 minutes or until cooked through. Stir in taco seasoning and follow package directions for preparation.

 Heat oil in a deep sided sauce pan to about 350°F or until a small strip of tortilla sizzles when dipped into the oil. Heat tortilla wedges in oil for 2 minutes or until crisp and golden.  Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain, sprinkle with salt, if desired.

To assemble the salad layers:
1- Remove chilled trifle bowl with lettuce from the refrigerator.
2-Top with taco meat in an even layer.
3- Pour corn in an even layer over the meat.
4- Pour beans in an even layer over the corn
5- Add a layer of the tomato mixture.
6- Arrange avocado slices in a circle on top of the tomato layer.
7- Mound Queso fresco cheese into the center of the avocado circle.
8- Stick crisp tortilla wedges into the salad center around the cheese.
9- Sprinkle with shredded cheddar and garnish with additional cilantro if desired.
10- Serve immediately with  Spicy Chipotle Ranch Salad Dressing.

To make Spicy Chipotle Ranch Salad Dressing, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Puree until smooth.  Serve immediately or cover and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.  Makes 1-1/2 cups.

Total Time
Cook Time 10 minutes

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