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Saturday, June 26, 2010

4th of July Taco Salad

Here's a cute way to present taco salad for your 4th of July potluck next weekend.


{via Taste of Home}



Ingredients:

* 1 pound ground beef
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1-1/2 cups water
* 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
* 1 envelope taco seasoning
* 6 cups tortilla or corn chips
* 4 to 5 cups shredded lettuce
* 9 to 10 pitted large olives, sliced lengthwise
* 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
* 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved


Directions:

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Place chips in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Spread beef mixture evenly over the top. Cover with lettuce. For each star, arrange five olive slices together in the upper left corner. To form stripes, add cheese and tomatoes in alternating rows. Serve immediately.