This Aztec Taco Salad Recipe is named after the original peoples that lived in what we now call the Valley of Mexico. The peoples called themselves Mexicas - we called them Aztec.
The Aztec diet was a rich combination of many foods. Not only is much of this rich diet still common in Mexico today, it's spread around the world. Here's a look at some of what the ancient Mexica or Aztec peoples ate:
Corn which they grew and ate plus they used the flour to make tortillas, tamales and even a drink.
Beans and squash were important in their diets, as well as other vegetables such as; chillies, tomatoes, limes, cashews, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peanuts, and of course chocolate. They also raised bees for honey.
They domesticated wild turkeys for meat and eggs, as well as raising dogs and ducks. Like all early American tribes, they hunted and fished as well.
Given this history, it is not hard to understand how a simple salad recipe of a ground meat, chillies, tomatoes, and beans became a taco salad.
For more information on the history of the Aztec peoples - click here
1. Brown the meat in a large frying pan - drain off any fat.
2. Add the beans and the cheese, stirring, over low heat until the cheese is melted.
3. Combine the lettuce and dressing in a large bowl and toss lightly to coat the lettuce.
4. On a serving platter, arrange the chips, layer the lettuce mixture, the meat mixture, the tomatoes and the peppers.
5. Serve your Aztec Salad immediately with additional chips.
Yield: serves 4
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