Taco Salad

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 small onion, chopped finely
1/2 can Ranch Style beans
1/2 package taco seasoning mix
1/2 small head lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
1 cup Fritos, crumbled

In a medium skillet, brown ground beef with chopped onions. Drain off excess fat by pouring grease though strainer. Stir in taco seasoning mix. Add beans and continue to cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let the mixture cool slightly. In a large bowl, tear lettuce into bite size pieces. Add chopped tomato, grated cheese, Catalina dressing and Fritos. Toss gently. Blend in the beef and bean mixture. You may choose to toss the beef and bean mixture into the salad or leave it on top.

Author: (7th grade Skills for Living Class)
Source: Julie H

***STORY: This recipe will always remind me of Julie. She took Skills for Living in Junior High. They learned this recipe in there. She was living with us for a short while and we were trying to encourage her to cook once a week. I think every other time she would cook this because she liked it and she was familiar with how to make it. I really liked too it so I never complained...but this is really Julie's recipe. :)

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