Memorial Day Flag Recipe

Are you one of those people who rolls her eyes at the thought of using food to paint a picture? Parents all over Pinterest are showcasing their cute food creations, like sandwiches in the shape of Mickey Mouse and apple slices that look like race cars. We believe that there's a little voice in all of us that secretly wishes we had the time, energy and care to be that cute. If even just once in our lives.

Well, now's your chance. It's Memorial Day weekend, you're probably headed to a barbecue, and we have the flag recipe for you. Even if you're not entertaining, this is an easy treat to make and inhale all by yourself. It's not even that unhealthy (if you ignore all the cheese).

Here's how to make this Memorial Day flag recipe.

Patriotic Taco Salad

- 1 lb ground beef
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 4-6 cups tortilla chips (use regular triangular chips, not scoops)
- 4 cups lettuce (shredded)
- 1/2 cups sliced olives (green or black)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups grape tomatoes

Cook the ground beef in a skillet. Drain the grease. Mix in the spices, salsa and water. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed. Arrange the tortilla chips at the bottom of a 13" x 9" baking dish. Spread the beef over the chips. Add a layer of lettuce over the beef. In the upper left corner, arrange the olives in rows to look like stars. Line the grape tomatoes up across the remaining area of the baking dish to form stripes. Fill in the gaps where the lettuce is visible with cheese. Spoon out the salad when you're ready to eat, and top it with ranch or Italian dressing. Wish-Bone makes a buffalo ranch salad dressing that's perfect for this taco salad.

Don't eat meat? That's ok. Replace the ground beef with veggie crumbles. If you don't eat dairy, replace the cheese with Fritos or chopped avocados. Want to know the best part about this recipe? You can make it again for the 4th of July.


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