One of the birthday traditions in my family was that my grandma made our favorite meal. She decorated with Happy Birthday signs and balloons and would make anything that we wanted. I often picked meatloaf or chicken noodle soup. I really am not a meatloaf fan, but she would cream green beans and pour them over mashed potatoes. That was my favorite thing because my favorite veggie was green beans. She made
us feel amazingly special and made our birthdays something to look forward to. For me, my birthday is one of the times that I miss her the most.
Grandma’s meal was what we did on our actual birthday. We also were allowed to choose a restaurant to go to for dinner some time around our birthdays. I almost always picked Chi-Chi’s. Going to a chain restaurant was special for me because we never went to chains, we always went to locally owned restaurants. At the time, I was all about commercialism and the hat. Chi-Chi’s really got me with the sombrero and the song. Plus I could choose between churros and fried ice cream for dessert. It was so much my favorite.
Aside from all of the dessert, hat, and song excitement, I ordered one of three things. 1. Mexican pizza (tortilla topped with cheese) 2. Chicken Chimichanga or 3. Taco salad. I LOVED the taco salad their. It came in a tortilla shell and they had sweet and sour dressing, my absolute favorite.
Today, I wanted to share the taco salad that we eat now. It is not served in the taco shell, but it still combines my favorite flavors. I like to squish some tortilla chips on top for extra crunch. I only eat it with sweet and sour dressing, but your could try it with ranch or French, too.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (2-4 servings)
- taco seasoning
- 1 pound ground meat (beef, chicken, or turkey)
- Spring Mix
- cheddar cheese, shredded
- tomato, diced
- Avocado slices
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 can mexicorn, drained
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- sour cream
- salad dressing (we use sweet and sour)
Cook ground meat according to taco seasoning directions.
Put all other ingredients together to make a salad. Top with the seasoned ground meat and tortilla chips.