Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Trifle Tower

I made an incredible new recipe for supper tonight -- a Layered Taco Salad, which was affectionately renamed by one of my "regular customers" -- The Trifle Tower!  :)

This recipe was Awesome!  See how amazing it looks:

My family is laughing at me because I am so excited about this recipe!!  But it was so much fun to put together, and even more fun to eat

I'm talking Yummy!

Bethany said, "Mom, make this again!  I actually like it!!"   :)

Chris said (after his fourth helping), "Mom, is this cheap?  Then you should make it a lot!"

Most everyone agreed.  (You really don't expect any recipe to have unanimous approval, do you??)

This would be perfect to take to a church covered dish dinner or to serve at a Super Bowl party or to make for the NCAA basketball championship!  It is also great for a simple weeknight supper.

Here is the recipe:
1 pound ground beef
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup taco seasoning
1 can refried beans (optional)
2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
2 TBSP finley chopped red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp lemon juice
4 cups shredded lettuce
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped
5 green onions, chopped
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup mild salsa
2 cups sour cream
tortilla chips

In a small skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in water and taco seasoning.  Cook and stir for two minutes.  Stir in one can of refried beans (optional) and heat thoroughly.  Let cool slightly while you assemble remaining ingredients.

In a small bowl, mash avocados with onion, garlic, and lemon juice (or use prepared guacamole).

In a 3-quart trifle dish (or glass bowl) layer in this order:

ground beef mixture
avocado mixture
shredded lettuce
sliced black olives
chopped tomatoes
chopped cucumber
chopped green onions
grated cheddar cheese
sour cream

Repeat all layers, ending with sour cream.  You may want to save out a few green onions and black olives for a garnish.

Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Doesn't that sound easy?  Please let me know if you try this!  I hope you will get Rave Reviews, as I did!


Donna G. said...

I LOVE these things! Wish I were there with you! Well, back when the salad was fresh.

mommyx12 said...

WOW. Delicious. My kids would die for this. HMM, should I be a good mama and make it for them?

Nay, I think my twins could pull it off. I'll let them do it. Thanks for the recipe.

Anna said...

That looks like it would be lots of fun to make and eat. And it's a good one for kids to help with, too. Thanks for sharing it. :)

Rebecca's Refining said...

Looks good...though I have never used avocados before! I wouldn't know what to do with one!! :)
I may have to try it one day next week. I have been wanting to go through the new Taste of Home and make a grocery list! I think we both are wanting to try the same recipes! :) "Great minds think alike!"

busymomof10 said...

Rebecca, you could buy pre-made guacamole. SAMS has a good one in their deli section! Or you could leave out the avocado, which I may do next time, as a couple members of my family did not care for the avocado. But it is sooo good for you! :)

Mom's Coffee Time said...

What a beautiful display of colorful foods. My husband would judt love this. Thank you for sharing this recipe :)

dyslexic different thinking me said...

YUMMERS!!!! I can practically taste it from your photos. What an awesome way to get your greens!

Emily said...

My mouth is watering.Yum!!
~Emily N.

Kristi Lea said...

It looks fantastic! I love anything taco! I made a 5 layer dip once, that blew me away, and this looks like a souped-up version of it...I think we will have to try it!

tlmalcolm said...

I might make this for our WVU game party Sat. night. Similar to the 7 layer mexican dip I make but prettier!! And I love avocado as does Julian! He calls them "cada". Just be sure you use ripe ones as unripe ones aren't very tasty. I use Wholly Guacamole. Its yummy and would be great in this recipe! And I love it when a recipe is a hit with the family!

Lainie said...

We love Mexican food! We'll have to give this a shot. Thanks for the recipe!

Noel said...

That looks so good! Great job, I have trouble keeping layers separated, but you did great. Hope you're enjoying this great weather! We just got back from a school convention, I've got lots of pictures on my blog. Hope you stop by :)

mommyx12 said...

I posted the name of the winners for the Organize for Victory Book. 6 people posted and I had only 3 copies but I called my mother in law today and she said she will send me 5 more. So I will send you one and the other ladies who were interested. I had your address once when I sent that other book but I don't have it anymore so if you could drop me an email again I'll mail them out as soon as I can.


LotsaKidz said...

Did this one bowl feed your whole crew? Usually pretty things like that won't realistically feed large families like ours and I end up having to hunt so many side dishes that it isn't worth the trouble.

busymomof10 said...

Yes, it did. But . . . not everyone was home that night. I guess we had 9 here. We ate it with tortilla chips. Not sure what else you could put with it . . . maybe some cheese quesadillas and orange slices? It would be a lighter supper. I guess you could give it a try and see how it goes! I'm craving it again! :)

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