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Tex Mex Salad Bowls
Not your average Tex Mex salad! This one is drizzled in THE MOST flavorful tangy + sweet dressing, and complimented with so many goodies such as pickled red onion, and Siete brand corn chips made with avocado oil.
Sometimes we just need some beautiful inspiration to create that spark that makes us want to jump into the kitchen and create a bright-healthy meal!💥
THIS IS IT.
Quick meal idea any time of the day!
Use any ground meat of choice! I usually grab whatever is on sale. Beef, bison, turkey, or chicken are all fabulous choices!
Try these Homemade Pickled Onions with this recipe.
Chipotles in adobo sauce is a great way to get that deep, smoky, spicy cooked-all-day flavor into a quick dish.
Look for simple ingredients if you’re buying a jar at the store (OR make your own! Lots of recipes online if you search them)
Chipotle chiles are dried smoked jalapenos. Adobo is a tangy, slightly sweet red sauce.
So the ingredients may include peppers, spices, herbs, garlic, vinegar, etc.
I like to freeze the extra peppers in adobo & sauce, in an ice cube tray for future use.
🍋 ALWAYS use freshly-squeezed lime juice from an actual fresh lime. Bottled lime juice from the store will give your dressing a strange metallic or overly acidic taste. We want this to taste bright and fresh.
😱What’s really in those taco seasoning packets?!👀
I love to mix up my own seasonings with organic spices because those little packets of taco seasoning are often made with canola and soybean oils linked to inflammation, sugar, anti-caking agents, and natural flavors. Not to mention making my own taco seasonings actually tastes WAY better too!
BEST Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
You’ll never purchase those store-bought packets again, after making it yourself!!
So simple, delicious, and lasts for several months – so double or triple this recipe and keep it handy in a small glass container near your stove.
Taco Seasoning Ingredients:
- 2 Tbsps chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- 3 tsps ground cumin
- 2 tsps sea salt
- 2 tsps ground black pepper
Instructions for Taco Seasonings:
In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients until combined well.
Store in an airtight container.
To use your homemade spice mix in recipes, start with a smaller sprinkle–taste test to decide the amount of spice for your family’s taste. Usually, 2 Tablespoons per pound of ground meat is perfect.
🧀 Cheese Please:
Instead of buying pre-shredded cheese, I like to find a block of grass-fed cheese ON SALE and shred it myself….or better yet enlist one of the kids for this duty.
Most pre-shredded varieties are coated in strange things (anti-caking & clumping) that actually interfere with the natural texture and the beautiful melting qualities. Cellulose anyone?
Turn your package of pre-shredded cheese over and read through the actual ingredients. You may be surprised to see the additives that are there to keep the shreds looking nice in the package.
- 1 Tbsp avocado oil
- 1-1/2 lbs lean ground meat of choice
- 2 Tbsps taco seasoning, or to taste
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 2 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 x 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed well
- 2 poblano peppers, seeded and diced
- 4 vine tomatoes, diced
- 1 handful cilantro leaves chopped
- 2 small avocados chopped
- 1/2 cup pickled red onion
- 1 cup Cotija cheese, Colby jack, Monterey jack, or pepper jack
- 2 cups corn chips crushed (I love Siete brand and Jackson’s Honest)
- 1 large fresh orange, peeled and cut into segments
- 1 large fresh lime, juiced
- 2 Tbsps avocado oil, or olive oil
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
- 2 Tbsps raw honey
- sea salt, to taste
Preheat your oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the meat, breaking it with a wooden spoon as it browns. Once no longer pink, sprinkle with the taco seasonings and stir in the tomato sauce.
Cook until meat is cooked through and sauce is mostly absorbed.
Set aside and allow it to cool.
Place all of your dressing ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth.
Arrange all the vegetables & ingredients for the salad in a large bowl as shown.
Top with the meat, beans, cheese, corn chips, then drizzle with dressing.