During our wonderful summer vacation I picked up a little cookbook at the gift shop at Great Sand Dunes National Park. It is called “Taco Table” by Lois Ellen Frank. The cover recipe caught my eye right away since it looked so delicious. The other night we finally got around to preparing it.
Lois Frank shares in her book, that this recipe is a variation on the famous Indian tacos that are served at ceremonial powwows. The new creation her and Chef Dine (Navajo) are featuring in the book contains bison meat, organic cooked pinto and kidney beans, local organic lettuce greens, heirloom tomatoes and avocado. They serve the taco with fried bread.
In my kitchen we decided to create a taco salad including the taco meat featured in the book. We adjusted the recipe to our liking and got rewarded with one of the best taco salads ever. Even my children, including my daughter, who is not a big taco fan, loved the dish and already asked when we could cook it again. That says it all for me. Yes, it is definitely a keeper recipe.
* 1 head organic green lettuce, washed and cut
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 pound organic ground bison (or organic ground beef)
* 1 medium onion, diced
* 6 garlic gloves, minced (Kirsten used 4)
* 2 fresh tomatoes, coarsley chopped (Kirsten omitted the tomatoes)
* 2 cups cooked pinto beans (Kirsten used 1 can, rinsed and drained)
* 1 cup kidney beans (Kirsten omitted the kidney beans)
* 1 tablespoon New Mexican red chile powder, ground
* 1 teaspoon salt (Kirsten used 3/4)
* organic tomatoes, chopped
* sharp cheddar, shredded
* avocado, chopped
* roasted pablano peppers, chopped
Divide your prepared lettuce onto four plates. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the meat. Break it up into small pieces while browning about 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic for another 3 minutes, until the onion is soft and clear. Add all the beans and stir. Add the New Mexican chile powder and salt and stir again. Let cook for an additional minute, stirring to prevent burning.
Remove from heat. Spoon the meat and bean mixture over your lettuce. Sprinkle with toppings of your liking. Serve immediately.