This is another one I can’t take credit for. I know he won’t like me calling him out like this on ye ole’ blog (sowwy), but Brian thought this one up, and surprisingly (!) was okay with replacing real meat with meatless crumbles. The result was a really, really ridiculously good looking taco salad that tasted just as good. Not gonna lie – best part was the Fritos. WHO DOESN’T LIKE FRITOS?!?
What You Need:
1 package of meatless crumbles (I used Trader Joes’ version. )
1 package taco seasoning (or make your own!)
3/4 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups romaine lettuce
1 cup cherry tomatoes – halved
1 cup Fritos (or, again, Trader Joe’s version.)
1/2 avocado, cubed
What You Do:
First part is preparing the “meat” + bean concoction. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add one tbsp of olive oil to the pan. Let heat for a few minutes and add in the entire package of crumbles. Using a spatula, break the crumbles up, stirring and letting heat through. Add in the taco seasoning and sautee everything, mixing often – about five minutes. Add in the beans, continue stirring, and add more seasoning if necessary. At this point, add in another tbps of olive oil and continue sauteeing for one more minute.
In a separate bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, Fritos and avocado. Remove the beans and crumbles from the heat, and add them to the remaining ingredients. Stir well and dig in!
Other add-ins that would work in here:
- Chopped red onion
- Black olives
- Shredded cheddar cheese (vegan or non)
- Sour cream (vegan or non)
Any other ideas!?