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fiesta salad

Recipe by
Tara Waites
Dallas, TX

Growing up in Dallas TX this was the best thing on the public school menu. The lines would be out the door with kids trying to get it. I learned to make it at home and my family has been loving it for decades.

yield 15 serving(s)
prep time 2 Hr 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For fiesta salad

  • 1 c
    chile con carne (make the day before)
  • 1/2 c
    rice, cooked and hot
  • 1/2 oz
    fritos (more if you want)
  • 1/4 c
    fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c
    shredded lettuce
  • 1 Tbsp
    diced green onion
  • 1 Tbsp
    sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground chuck, cooked & drained
  • 1 can
    crushed tomatoes 16oz
  • 1 pkg
    chili mix
  • 1/2 pkg
    taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can
    bush's pinto beans (16 to 20 oz)
  • 1/2 c
    each bell pepper, onion, diced jalapeno

How To Make fiesta salad

  • 1
    DO THIS THE DAY BEFORE: Brown the ground chuck (I like to season it with Slap yo Mama cajun spice)with the bell pepper, onion and jalapenos and drain.Add the tomatoes, beans and seasonings and simmer for 1 hour. Cool and refrigerate until the next day.
  • 2
    cook your rice according to package directions, warm the Chile con Carne. Dice your tomatoes and green onions. You can buy the lettuce shredded.
  • 3
    In a nice size bowl lay your fritos. Top with the rice. add the Chile con Carne over the rice. Add the cheese. Top with the lettuce, tomato and green onion.
  • 4
    Sprinkle some extra cheese on top(optional) Garnish with Sour cream and salsa. Enjoy!