Last night, my bestie Thomeister, called to chit chat about the day. Except this call was different. I was at the grocery store for a late night of gathering provisions to prepare, and serve, preschool snack in just 9 short hours.
And I was hungry.
Rule #1 of grocery shopping: Never go to the grocery store hungry.
During the conversation, she raved about this “Big bowl of already mixed up taco salad” and my ears perked up. I got goosebumps.
Clearly I am easy to please but come on, meaty, cheesy, spiciness all mixed up in a big bowl? Plus, it’s Cinco de Mayo week.
My cart seemed to steer itself to pick up the few items I hadn’t already thrown in my cart, as she told me what sorts of goodies I would need.
Sidenote: Driving a shopping cart, while on the phone is the domestic equivalent of impaired driving. It should be illegal but whatever. It isn’t yet so I stayed on course as best I could.
You will need:
Canned black beans
*I bought Doritos Taco chips. PEOPLE, THEY BROUGHT THEM BACK! Upon arriving at my house today to supervise the compilation of ingredients, Thomesiter informed me that she was not a fan of said chips and highly recommends regular tortilla chips.
This recipe began at my house by preparing a pot of macaroni and cheese for my kids. Let’s be honest, there are some days we just want our kids to shut up and eat. No convincing anyone to try this or take 5 more bites.
Plus, I wanted to kick the spice meter up to Code Red. Hey oh!
Once you have the mac under control, brown your ground beef and drain well. Add taco seasoning and water as directed on packet. Throw into a big bowl. Chop up green onions, throw on top of meat. Throw in cheese and lettuce. Give a firm stir. Open the bag of chips, even if just partially and take the can of black beans to roll over the top. Roll, crush and teach those chips a lesson. We used about half the bag, it could get too salty if you use too many. Remember, you can always add more later.
Now it’s time to pour on some salsa, however much your pretty little lips can handle and then give a hardy squeeze of ranch dressing. Stir well.
If your taste buds agree, add an entire can of rinsed and drained black beans and fresh corn off the cob. Or a drained can of corn. Top with fresh chopped cilantro and meoooooow.
This would be an absolutely fantastic potluck or party food. Or football tailgate, which is how Thomeister discovered the magic that is A Whole Lotta Taco Salad.
The kids gave their boxed macaroni and cheese six enthusiastic thumbs up.
SuperHub dove into his bowl of taco goodness before I was even done serving his portion. He quickly (and loudly) exclaimed “Oh yeah, that’s goooooood.”
I loved it. The complex flavor combinations were exactly what I was envisioning last night, as I heaped the ingredients into my grocery cart. The only thing missing was that pint of Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough ice cream…Um, I mean…What just happened?