Taco Salad (optional crock pot method)

1 lb.   lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped (optional)
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (or less if you like less spice)
1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper (optional)

(OR 1 pkg.  Taco Seasoning Mix)

¼ cup  water
1 large head of lettuce (I like Romain or the “Spring Mix” at Costco)
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup  Shredded Cheddar Cheese
tortilla chips, Ranch Dressing, Salsa, olives, avocados etc


1- Brown meat with onions in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat; drain.
*You can also put the raw (fresh or frozen) ground beef in the crockpot with the chopped onion and all the spices and cook it on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6 hours, drain off grease and skip to step 3.
2- Add spices and water; mix well. Bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 3 min.
3- Cut and wash lettuce, tomatoes, olives, avocados and any other desired toppings.  
4- Have everyone make their own salad how they like it and enjoy.

Taco Seasoning recipe from: http://www.foodrenegade.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/

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