Everyday Mom's Meals: Slow Cooker Salad

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Slow Cooker Salad

Are you a bit confused? A salad? In the slow cooker? Warm? What?? This dish starts out in your slow cooker, but ends with a big beautiful taco salad on your plate! 

We probably eat Mexican food out more than other cuisine; and that's saying something because we have too many restaurants we are regulars at to list. But if I were add up all the visits to each, I have a feeling our favorite Mexican place would have the most. 

Every Saturday night we go to church, and then out for supper. Yes, even during the pandemic. (Well, once places opened back up I mean.) We have found most restaurants are following our state's guidelines very well, and we want to support them as much as possible. We have definitely done more take out in the past year as well, but dining out is important too because those servers depend on that tip money. The places we love are doing an outstanding job cleanings, wearing masks and keeping everyone safe. 

In fact, our first dining out experience last May when we were able to, was our favorite Mexican place. This place is dangerous...it is only 2 minutes from our house, literally on the other side of our neighborhood. They opened up about 2.5 years ago and quickly became our go-to. How much do we frequent them? Well, let's just say we are like the "Norm of Cheers" when we walk in. They all know us, know our kids' names, and usually can guess what we will order. 

Does this obsession with our little taqueria stop me from making Mexican at home? Nope. I make it often in my own kitchen too. 

I love this recipe because the beef can be prepped in the morning, cook all day while you're at work, and then you can assemble the salads when you get home! A delicious taco salad with warm, seasoned beef, topped with anything you like. 

This would be great for a crowd too...you know, when we are allowed to have crowds again. A big taco salad bar can feed an army on the cheap! Not to mention be super fun for everyone to make their own creation. 

Want some extra protein? Add a can of pinto or black beans to the beef mixture! That would be delicious! Want a little extra heat? Add some diced jalapenos! You can truly take this template and make it your own!

Not very often can we say our salad supper came out of the slow cooker, but this time it is true and delicious! Exactly what you need if your favorite Mexican place isn't quite ready for dine in guests yet! 

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Beef Taco Salad 

2 lbs. ground beef

16 oz. bottle salsa verde

1 medium white onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 (15 oz.) can corn with red and poblano peppers, drained

3 Romaine hearts, chopped

3 Roma tomatoes, diced

Sliced Black Olives

Pickled Jalapenos

Sour Cream

Shredded Cheese

Tri-Color Tortilla Strips

Lime Wedges

 Salt and Pepper 

In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown beef with onion and garlic. Drain if necessary. Transfer to slow cooker. Add corn and salsa verde. Stir well. Cook on LOW for 3 hours until flavors develop. Keep warm until ready to serve. On each serving plate, add lettuce, beef mixture and favorite toppings.



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