Friday, October 1, 2010

Mexican Salad

This is such a simple dish but is one of my husbands favorite things I make.  There are a lot of components but do not let it scare you off.  You will love the outcome!

The first step is top get your beans going.

Seasoned Black Beans or Pinto Beans:

2 Cans Black Beans or Pinto Beans (do not drain)
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and mix thoroughly.  Over medium high heat bring to a boil.  Once boiling cover and simmer for about 20 minutes over low heat.

The second step is to fry your tortilla strips

A lot of people use corn tortillas for this but I prefer flour tortillas.  Which ever you like they will work great.  Cut your tortilla in 1/4 inch strips and fry in canola or vegetable oil until light brown and crispy.  Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.  Sprinkle immediately with a pinch of salt.  Set aside.

The third step is to make your dressing

1 buttermilk ranch dressing packet (make as per recipe)
2 tomatillos (tomato like vegetable with a husk around them)
½ bunch of cilantro
1 clove garlic
Juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeno (Use the seeds too if you like it spicy. You could substitute a few drops of green Tabasco for the jalapeno.)
Use a food processor and blend all the ingredients well. Refrigerate.

The fourth step is to cook your hamburger

My husband prefers hamburger but it is great with chicken or pork!

Brown 1 pound  of extra lean hamburger with 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp onion powder and 1/4 tsp garlic powder.  After hamburger is cooked thoroughly drain extra grease on paper towel.  
(I pour all of my meat directly on to the paper towel)

The fifth step is to cut up produce and assemble

In my spare moments I cut up one head of green leaf lettuce, dice tomatoes and grate some medium cheddar cheese.  Depending on what I have in the fridge I may also add some cut up avocado and olives.
Assemble your salad and enjoy!

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