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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Taco in a Bowl

Photo courtesy Taste of Home
    Food festivals have gone on for thousands of years, even in the smallest communities. 
The biggest food festival is the "Taste of Chicago" featuring a huge selection of foods. But here in Gibson county, we look forward to the annual Heritage Days Festival held on the square every September. 
    My family is lucky. We live just down the street, two blocks away from the event. My husband calls it "Eating Your Way Around the Square." One of my kids favorite festival foods, has always been Taco in a Bag. What a handy idea. So I decided to try and make this at home one night. Interesting and tasty, but easier than you think.


Taco in a Bowl
4-5 cups original Fritoes, (1 cup per bowl)
1 pkg. taco seasoning (Taco Bell)
1.25 lb. ground beef
3/4 cup water
hand full shredded cheese, sharp cheddar or pepper jack, about 1/3 cup per serving
lettuce, shredded or chopped fine, about 1/4 cup per serving
2 T. salsa, each serving, or desired amount

   Cook ground beef and drain. Sprinkle on packaged taco seasoning and add water. Stir well to combine. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
   For each serving, in bowl, layer 1 cup chips, 3 T. taco meat (heaping), handful of shredded cheese, lettuce and salsa. Mix well. Makes 4-5 servings.
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