Easy dorito taco salad
It feels odd not to say hello at the beginning of these posts, so hi there. This easy dorito taco salad recipe is one that i first made last year for a family barbecue. I literally made it up as i went along and threw in anything that i thought belonged in there.
It is a great dish to have at family Barbecues and I promise, it will go down well and disappear before any other dishes arrive at the table. It is difficult to make this salad look pretty. I suppose i could have used a trifle dish, so the layers were visible..but i don’t have one.
Can we really still call this a salad..I don’t know but thats what I’m calling it!
I really love to go off on tangents, so here i go with that..Last week Marco and Carl opened in Leicester. Now because my parents live up north and their first branch was based in Preston, I feel like i already know what to expect. I know the delights that await me behind that door. So obviously i need to get there pretty soon.
Funnily enough, my first experience with Marco and Carl wasn’t great and I didn’t go when they first opened either. I like to give new businesses time to settle in, find their feet, adjust and be at the top of their game before i make a judgement but with Marco and Carl, because I live in the Midlands and I used to go up north once every few months, i didn’t get round to going to the place until much later. I thought it was completely overrated and people were just getting over excited/hyped. Since then i have been back and have dismissed that one occasion as a bad day. There are a lot of copycat places that do gourmet burgers and wagyu beef but they don’t necessarily do it as well as these guys. So yeah..ima get down there pretty soon (especially because on wednesday i am going vegan for a week..eek) and i hope it is as delightful as the Preston branch.
Today my daughter has slept in but i am fully expecting to hear her tiny footsteps on the stairs soon. I keep imagining the sounds and anticipating her arrival. It is highly unusual for her not to be dancing in my face or sat atop my head at this time. She has recently got into this thing, where she takes one toy to bed with her. Currently she is sleeping next to a purple skittle. Not the sweet. The bowling kind of skittle. She tried to take the rest too but we reached a compromise.
Anyway about this easy dorito taco salad, iIt’s loaded with mexican flavours and you will definitely make it over and over again.
- 200g Nachos - I used Doritos Chilli heat wave
- 1 Tortilla - torn into 1 inch triangles (optional)
- 2 Tacos crushed (optional)
- 3 pickled jalapeños sliced (pat dry before slicing)
- 4 large pickled gherkins diced(pat dry before slicing)
- 1 large red onion diced
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- ½ cup grated red leicester cheese
- ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 lb chicken breast cut into very small cubes
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
- ½ tsp cayenne powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper cut into long strips
- 2 cups sweetcorn
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp mixed herbs
- 1 tsp garlic granules
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Combine all the ingredients for the cubed chicken in a bowl except for the pepper, sweetcorn, oil and butter and rub throughly all over the chicken.
- Heat the oil and butter in a large non stick frying pan.
- Add the chicken and cook over a high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Cover the pan and cook over a low heat for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the bell pepper and sweetcorn, cover the pan again and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Check that the chicken is cooked and remove from the heat.
- Mix all the vegetables together in a bowl.
- Combine all the ingredients for the sauce and mix throughly with a fork or a whisk.
- Mix all the cheese together in a bowl
- In a large casserole dish, add a third of the nachos, tortillas and tacos to the bottom layer. Top with a third of the vegetables, a third of the chicken mixture, a third of the cheese and a third of the sauce. Continue the layers until all the mixtures are used up.
- Refrigerate until needed.
*Notes -The wrap and tacos are entirely optional. You can add lettuce but i prefer it without. I don’t like overly smoky flavours, but if you do you could add some chipotle paste to the sauce. For an easier version add an extra tbsp of cajun seasoning to the chicken and omit all other ingredients for the chicken mixture. Finally – You could also replace the chicken with minced beef/lamb.