Enough liquid from the jar of pickled jalapenos to season as desired
4 to 6 cups Romaine lettuce
1/4 cup minced, fresh cilantro
1 (15-ounce) can kidney, pinto or black beans, rinsed and well drained
1/2 pound browned ground buffalo
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 sweet red, yellow or green pepper or hot pepper, finely chopped
1 (8-ounce) package shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 large tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
Sliced black olives
Corn tortilla chips, coarsely broken
In a non-stick skillet, brown ground buffalo meat with minced garlic. Season with Emeril’s Southwest seasoning. Set aside to cool.
In medium bowl, mix dressing ingredients.
In a large bowl, toss Romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces with minced, fresh cilantro.
In a clear glass dish with deep straight sides (I use my trifle bowl), layer the toppings.
Top with dressing, spreading to cover salad ingredients completely. You probably won’t need all of the dressing. Save some to serve on the side.
Add layer 2 ingredients.
At serving time, offer the listed serving choices ingredients as toppers.
The salad looks pretty layered in a glass bowl, but you can also toss it all together in a large salad bowl.
Tear the lettuce with your hands. Chopping the lettuce with a knife can cause it to turn brown.
Making taco salad is a bit like making soupyou can add any vegetables youíd like. Try grated carrots or radishes, frozen corn that has been thawed, thinly sliced zucchini or whatever you can pick up fresh at the farmerís market.
You can replace the ground buffalo with ground beef, but why not give buffalo a try? Itís significantly higher in protein yet lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than most other meats, including poultry. It tastes good, ith no gamey taste at all. Buffalo meat does not contain chemicals, drugs or hormonesitís just 100%pure, wholesome, tasty nutrition. Buffalo meat can be purchased at some supermarkets, meat markets and farmerís markets.
Freeze the extra half pound of browned meat for the next time you make this salad.
Emerilís Southwest seasoning can be found near the spices in most grocery stores.
Use any leftover dressing as a dip for chips, fresh vegetables or French fries. Itís also great as a baked