Hey kids! Who wants avocados for dinner? silence … silence…. sigh.
Hey kids! Who wants taco salad for dinner? ~ insert chorus of cheers here ~
Now that’s more like it! Just don’t get too nosey about those avocados lurking on the counter looking all guilty like they’re about to jump in your food and be all healthy for you.
I don’t know what priorities my kids have in determining which foods are weird, but if it’s green, chances are it makes the cut. That’s why I like dinners like taco salad, where I can just sneak things in. As an added bonus, it’s quick & easy to make!
You just layer everything in a 9×13 pan and then dish out the servings! I think the kids like to eat it because they can scoop it up with chips. Eating differently is always fun. The baby even loves it, but she eats hers with a fork.
This is also a great “take along” dish to add to any party or get together. (That’s actually how I found the recipe!) It’s served cold, so no worries about heating it up.
Also, don’t worry about leftovers. There won’t be any.
What makes this a great summer dish is the vegetables are free from the garden, and I buy the hamburger in bulk; usually having it precooked, so prep time is actually much shorter. I do blend the avocados and cream cheese with a mixer so my kids don’t see any tell tale avocado lumps, and also because then I get to lick the beaters.
Taco Salad Casserole
Yield – 8 servings
Preparation Time – 20 minutes
Cooking Time – 10 minutes
- 3 avocados
- 2 bricks of cream cheese, softened
- 1 or 2 tomatoes
- 1.5 pounds hamburger
- 4 cups lettuce
- 1 packet taco seasoning (or make your own Taco Seasoning!)
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Optional: taco sauce or salsa
- Cook hamburger, add taco seasoning and let cool.
- Blend avocados and cream cheese (as lumpy or as blended as you’d like) and then spoon into a 9×13 pan.
- Layer all other ingredients on top, and serve with tortilla chips
Cost $8.25 (for 8!)
Avocados AND cream cheese. Yum!
Jen @ Jen Spends says
Love avocados, but they’re $2.50 EACH this time of year where I live.
Michelle T says
Made this last night and it went over fairly well. I loved it! My kids were so, so with the avocados. I also added a layer of refried beans and black beans since I knew my kids would eat those. It made a huge 9×13 pan that is still more than half full for my family of 4 (two small girls). Will consider an 8×8 version next time so I don’t eat the same lunch all week 😉
Angie Atchley says
Thanks Michelle! The beans are a great addition. This recipe is completely customizable. I know of someone who adds salsa instead of the tomatos.
Glad you enjoyed it!
No way this is made for $8.00. Avacados $2.50 a piece. Cream cheese, 1 dollar a block. That’s seven bucks right there, before adding the meat, tomatoes, etc. That being said, it still looks good and I’m going to make it. Thanks for the recipe.
Angie Atchley says
Janice, I agree, there’s no way to just walk in a store and buy these things off the rack and make it for $8.00. But if you clip coupons, buy meat on sale plus in bulk, and get free veggies from the garden, it can be done!