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Where Was The Taco Salad Really Invented?

Where Was The Taco Salad Really Invented?

Unfortunately for Donald Trump, it’s not a ‘Hispanic’ food

Call it a taco bowl, call it a taco salad. It ain't Mexican.

Donald Trump has been in the headlines more than just about any other celebrity this year, but the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee really outdid himself on Cinco De Mayo when he tweeted “The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!” Well, we hate to break it to you, Donald, but taco bowls, or taco salads, aren’t “Hispanic” (or Mexican) at all.

Mexican food expert Gustavo Arellano did some research for his book Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and discovered that the earliest version of taco salads were called Ta-Cups, and were made of “ground beef, beans, sour cream and cheese served in a small bowl made entirely of Fritos.” The creator was none other than the founder of Fritos himself, Elmer Doolin.

Doolin’s Fritos brand ran a restaurant at Disneyland called Casa de Fritos, which was hugely influential in introducing Americans to “Mexican” food. Doolin added the Ta-Cup to the menu at the restaurant in 1955, and they took off. Over time the dish grew in size into the taco bowl we know today (although we wish the bowls themselves were still giant Fritos). Also worth noting: The Morales family, which ran Casa de Fritos, also invented another well-known snack food at the restaurant: Doritos.


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


layered taco salad

I decided to create another layered cake pan salad! Since my other layered salad in a cake pan has been shared and pinned thousands of times, it was time to share something similar, yet new. How about a layered taco salad in a cake pan? Everyone loves taco salad!

The idea behind this salad shares the same basic concept as my classic layered salad, but this time I added a Mexican twist. I developed a thick, ranch sour cream mayonnaise so it would hold up the same way as other layered salads, and not get soggy. Make sure you drain the beans, corn, and olives very well so they don’t add unwanted moisture to your salad.

Serving a layered salad in a cake pan, as opposed to a trifle pan, makes it portable, easy to serve, and unique. Everyone will want a copy of this recipe, so be prepared to share it!

Just layer, chill, and cut into cake-like pieces! Voila!

Note: I always use the lowest sodium products I can find when I’m creating a recipe. This way I can add salt to taste just before serving. This goes for the ranch mayonnaise dressing recipe at the end of this post. If you used low sodium ingredients throughout the rest of the recipe, the ranch mayo should be fine. If you’re concerned about salt content, make the homemade version of the powdered ranch mix. It’s much lower in salt than Hidden Valley.

serves 8 to 12

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 small can green chilies, undrained

1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed (all other lettuces will wilt)

1 packet taco seasoning mix (or a mixture of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder)

1 cup ranch sour cream mayonnaise, divided (recipe below)

1 (15 oz.) can of your favorite beans, rinsed and drained very well

1/2 can (about 7 oz.) sweet corn, drained very well

1/2 cup chopped purple or green onion + more for top

8 oz. of your favorite tomato salsa

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (3.8 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained very well

1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy, cooled completely, and crumbled

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, chopped

ripe avocado chunks, (optional)

tortilla chips for topping

Cook the ground beef, canned chilies and taco seasoning in a skillet until beef is brown all the way through and the liquid from the chilies has evaporated. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill until completely cold. Then, place in an even layer on the bottom of a 9吉 glass cake pan. Top with a double layer of crisp, iceberg lettuce leaves (half the head), 1/2 cup of the ranch sour cream mayonnaise smoothed into an even layer, beans, corn, onion, another double layer of lettuce (press down gently after placing the lettuce,) the other 1/2 cup of ranch sour cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a little more purple onion. Place cover or foil on cake pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before slicing into pieces, crunching tortilla chips over the top, and serving. Feel free to top this with avocado chunks, extra tomato chunks, and your favorite hot sauce too!

for the ranch sour cream mayonnaise:

1/4 cup full fat sour cream

3 to 6 Tablespoons dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (homemade or Hidden Valley) add gradually, according to individual taste


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