Monday, January 24, 2011

Taco Salad Dippers

I am not sure why this is named Taco Salad Dippers and not just "Ohhhh yeahhh, baby!" (in your best Isaac Hayes voice.) 
It is so scrumptious!  An absolute perfect combination of meat, taco-ish sauce, rice, and beans.  The first time I made it, I topped it with cheese, lettuce, and sour cream then scooped up the goodness with tortilla chips, my hubby ate his like a bowl of chili, and my daughter made a bed of lettuce and crushed up Doritos for the filling to rest it's sleepy self on.  The possibilities are endless!  In fact, this week, I am wrapping the filling and some cheese in a flour tortilla and baking them smothered in Enchilada Sauce and more cheese....viola!  Supreme Burrada!  The point is, however you choose to eat this, you will LOVE it! 
As an added bonus, this one pot wonder is freezable!

Taco Salad Dippers
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup white rice, not instant
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
In a large pot, brown the ground beef or turkey with the onion and garlic and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are translucent. Drain any accumulated grease. Add the water, rice, seasonings, tomato sauce, tomato paste and beans. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, watching to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot. The mixture will seem very watery at first, but after simmering, it will thicken to perfection as the rice absorbs water and all the ingredients meld together.

A HUGE shout-out to Mel from My Kitchen Cafe for another a-mazing dish!

This recipe has been linked up at:
Nikkis Nifty Knacks
Frou Frou Decor
Tidy Mom
Simply Sweet Home
Mommy's Kitchen
The Country Cook


  1. This would be perfect for Super Bowl parties...just sayin' :). It is such a different twist on the usual dip. I'm with your hubs - I could definitely eat this all by itself!

  2. Sounds great, I have really been craving stuff like this lately. I like your last idea!

  3. Oh Siggy Honey....I've been waiting as patiently as I can for this lovely dish of yours! Such a GREAT Winter comfort food! :-)

  4. Ooooh, I would go with the salad similar to your daughter's. With some sour cream and salsa too! I am a huge taco salad fan. I love mixing everything together!

  5. Looks great! I am going to make this next week, hoping my family likes it, I know I will! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. I just made this. I made it with black beans because that was all I had. Amazing. Five Stars. Smash hit. Rave reviews all around. Thanks!