Real Food Taco Salad
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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 TB chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (we like sharp)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes (I usually just quarter a bunch of cherry tomatoes)
  • ½ cup chopped olives
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 avocado peeled and cubed
  • (optional) 1 small bag of organic corn chips crushed (we use Trader Joe's corn dippers)
  • 1.5 - 2 cups of homemade french dressing (see recipe linked above)
  1. Brown the ground beef. When it is almost brown, add the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  2. Add the water to the skillet and stir, continue to simmer the meat and spices until most of the water has evaporated. You now have your taco meat. If you want, set aside half for a future meal.
  3. Toss together the lettuce, meat, beans, cheese, tomatoes, bell pepper, and olives. If you are planning to have leftovers, don't stir in the avocado and chips - just leave them on the side. If you plan on the whole meal getting eaten up in one sitting, then go ahead and throw it all in there.
  4. Stir in the homemade French dressing until everything is well combined.
  5. Enjoy!
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