Taco Salads made with Dorothy Lynch Taco Sauce – served in homemade taco bowls. The Dorothy Lynch leads to a whole new level of flavor in the ground beef as well as this spicy, slightly sweet and tangy taco sauce. Finish them off with all of your favorite toppings!
Friends! I am back with another sensational recipe for Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing & Condiment! These Taco Salads with Dorothy Lynch Taco Sauce were a super fast family hit!
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You, my dear readers, asked for more salads this summer and I am here to deliver another winner! Taco salads have always and forever been a favorite of mine. I mean, add the word “taco” to about any food and you have won over my heart. What is not to love about a taco?? You can incorporate that amazing flavor into just about any kind of recipe!
Favorite Taco Recipes from An Affair from the Heart:
- Mom’s Taco Casserole
- Taco Meatloaf
- Baked Shredded Beef Tacos
- Taco Stew
- Taco Tot Casserole
- Peaches ‘n Cream Dessert Tacos
But today … today we are talking about the magic I worked on the Taco Salad. I’ll admit, most times when I make tacos, I buy the seasoning packet at the store and make my life easier. Every once in a while though, I either choose to use my old taco seasoning recipe because I have extra time, or I have forgotten to pick up a packet.
It’s not hard to make, and I bet you have these common taco seasoning spices on hand in your cupboard right now. What I did for this recipe though? Instead of just simmering the ground beef and spices in water, I used Dorothy Lynch! It gave it a whole new dimension of flavor. It has a tomato base, and its light and tangy flavor gave the taco meat such a great taste.
Here the taco meat is all simmered together. Ready for the salad, but not before we make our homemade Dorothy Lynch Taco Sauce!!
Again, with common household spices, you can whip up this taco sauce in no time.
You’re asking me — why are you turning a condiment into a condiment? Well, my friend, did you happen to lay eyes on the last Dorothy Lynch post I made? I made my own barbecue sauce from Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing & Condiment, and man oh man– was it GOOD!! Dorothy’s BBQ Pork Chops have been a hit at our house ever since!
Of course, my Sloppy Dorothy Sandwiches became one of my top ten recipes in less than a month. That is saying a lot — did you know I have over 500 recipes on my site? They are so good, and will take the place of your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe, promise!
So, when it came time to make a taco salad, I knew exactly what I would do. I whisked all of those taco spices into the Dorothy Lynch and this sauce was incredible! My son and his girlfriend are hooked. They are even using it to marinade chicken breasts before they cook them on their grill.
But before I could call this salad complete, I wanted to try something I have been wanting to for a while. I have a bit of a love affair with my air fryer right now (and it’s not just because I can make pizza rolls in 6 minutes. LOL!!) I decided I wanted to try and make taco salad bowls in my air fryer!
Success!! It took me a couple of tries, but I got it figured out. With a burrito-sized tortilla you can make an edible Taco Bowl in your air fryer! Of course, it isn’t mandatory — but it sure is good!
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You can make the bowls ahead of time, or just make them as you’re preparing the sauce and the meat. The rest is just a little light chopping of your toppings. You can have dinner for four on the table in a little over 30 minutes.
What Spices and Ingredients Do I Need to Make Dorothy’s Taco Salad?
- Spices: Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Cumin, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, Oregano
- Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing & Condiment
- Lean Ground Beef
- Refried Beans
- Toppings: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Mexican Cheese Blend, Cilantro
Into your bowls, add some refried beans, your Dorothy Lynch taco seasoned ground beef and onions, the shredded lettuce, shredded Mexican cheese blend and tomatoes.
Drizzle that Dorothy Lynch Taco Sauce over the top, give it a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, and dig in!
For the refried beans in this recipe, I used my tried and true restaurant style refried beans. This recipe is in my top 10 recipes every year. It takes a can of refried beans and turns them into restaurant tasting beans in minutes. You can use this recipe to really get those beans nice and creamy before you spread them into the taco bowls.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing & Condiment, let me share with you just what it is, and how it came to be.
Dorothy Lynch got its start in the 1940’s at the Legion Club in St. Paul, Nebraska. Dorothy made her homemade dressing for the restaurant, and people fell in love with it. They even brought in their own bottles to have them filled with this delicious dressing. These days, the famed dressing is made in a 64,000 square foot plant in Duncan, Nebraska, population 351. Dorothy Lynch is available in Home Style and Light & Lean. Dorothy Lynch contains no MSG, cholesterol, or trans fats and is gluten free.
Misconceptions about Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing & Condiment:
Because of its color, people may think it would taste like French dressing. Not true. Where most French dressings have an oil base, Dorothy Lynch has a tomato base. It’s thick and creamy and has a sweet & spicy flavor that everyone can enjoy. It simply tastes homemade. If you’re from Nebraska, like me, it tastes like home.
WHERE DO I GET MY OWN BOTTLE OF DOROTHY LYNCH DRESSING?
Dorothy Lynch Dressing can be purchased at most grocery stores in Nebraska, and can be found at select grocery stores around the country, including Walmart and HyVee. If you can’t find it there, you can always get your pantry stocked with Dorothy Lynch by shopping Buy Nebraska or Amazon!
Ready to make these Taco Salads with Dorothy Lynch Taco Sauce? I know I am! Let’s get to it, shall we?
- 3/4 cup Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing & Condiment
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 teaspoon of each: oregano, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon of each: salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing & Condiment
- 1/4 cup water
- To prepare the Dorothy Lynch Taco Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
- To prepare the taco salads: Brown ground beef with onion in a frying pan over medium heat, crumbling as it cooks. When meat is cooked through, add in Dorothy Lynch, water and spices. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes.
- Spread warm refried beans into the bottom of your prepared flour tortilla taco bowls, top with warm meat, add lettuce, then tomatoes and cheese and finish off with Dorothy Lynch Taco Sauce and chopped cilantro.
- Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1035 Total Fat: 55g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 36g Cholesterol: 124mg Sodium: 2402mg Carbohydrates: 85g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 7g Protein: 50g