Two recipes in one day! I guess I'm making up for not posting any in so long!
This recipe is one my mom has made for a number of years. I hadn't made it in awhile and finally prepared it for dinner last night. It's such a wonderful salad, I just have to share the recipe. Our version has changed somewhat over the years, but I will post the original recipe to the best of my memory. Some of the ingredients you just add as much as you prefer. The original recipe is for twice the amount I suggest - and my family has been known to consume it all in one night - but unless you have a very, very big bowl, you may want to see if the smaller portion is enough. :)
1 head of iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 lb. hamburger meat
1 15oz. can Ranch Style beans
shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag chile cheese flavored Fritos
creamy italian dressing
Mix together the lettuce, green onions, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Brown the hamburger meat and warm up the beans on the stove. Drain the hamburger meat and drain and rinse (with warm water) the beans. Stir into the salad mixture. Add desired amount of cheese. Crunch up the Fritos and either stir directly into the salad before serving, or add to individual servings to maintain crunchiness. Add dressing if desired.
Variation: Though the dressing was always very yummy in the salad, to keep the salad healthier, we no longer use it. The Fritos flaver it enough. Personally, I like to use baked Tostitos in place of the Fritos. They don't give the additional flavor, so I also add a little picante sauce, like a dressing. Today I tried something new since I didn't have any picante sauce. I sprinkled just a little Lawry's Seasoned Salt into my bowl of salad. Perfect! I think this will be my new preferred way to eat it! Of course, the rest of my family still sticks with the Fritos. And I must say, they really do make the salad extra yummy!!!