• 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 pkg. Taco Seasoning
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups coarsely crushed tortilla chips
  • ¼ to ½ cup French dressing

If you want really delicious and easy recipes, look no further than your neighborhood fire station.  These are people who know how to make hearty and tasty meals that are quick and very satisfying.  I was given the assignment when I was a reporter to do stories on firehouse recipes and spend time interviewing these men about cooking.  I know what you’re thinking, and yes it was a terrible burden, but I got through it.

One of my favorite recipes from my firehouse visits is a Taco Salad that is spicy but with a tangy twist.  When I interviewed the fire fighters about this salad, they all said it was one of their favorites, and while the recipe made a large amount, there wasn’t an ounce left.

The recipe is also versatile.  You can add ingredients that you like and take away those that you don’t.  But the one thing that makes this salad extra special is how all the tastes and textures are mixed together and topped with French dressing to give it a unique and incredible combination of flavors.