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Crunchy Tex Mex Salad with Pinto Beans
and honey-adobo dressing

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A classic taco salad is one of our favorite back-pocket meals. This version is vegetarian with spiced pinto beans, corn, and a sweet and spicy dressing. It's a great meal if you're cooking for one or two, but also works well to customize if you're serving a crowd. Set everything out like a taco bar and let everyone assemble their own bowl. This meal was last featured in 2019.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Honey-Adobo Dressing:
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Adobo sauce - 1 Tbsp (usually found with canned chipotle peppers)
  • Honey - 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp
Crunchy Tex Mex Salad with Pinto Beans:
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, diced
  • Lettuce, any crisp variety like iceberg or Boston leaf - 8 oz, shredded
  • Tomatoes, Roma - 4, chopped
  • Avocados - 1, diced
  • Olives, black and sliced (4 oz / 113 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Beans, pinto (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Corn kernels, frozen - 1 cup
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Cheese, Colby Jack or cheddar - 4 oz, shredded (look for pre-shredded to save time)
  • Tortilla chips - 4 cups

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Prep

  1. Make honey-adobo dressing - Whisk together vinegar, adobo sauce, honey, paprika (portion for dressing), and oil (portion for dressing). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Make spice mix - Combine cumin, coriander, paprika (portion for salad), garlic powder, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Bell peppers - Dice bell peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Lettuce / Tomatoes / Avocados - Prep as directed.

  5. Olives - Drain and rinse.

  6. Beans - Drain and rinse.

  7. Corn - Defrost corn.

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Make

  1. Heat a skillet with oil (portion for taco salad) over medium heat. Add beans and corn. Saute for 1 minute to heat through. Add spice mix and saute for 1 to 2 minutes more, until spices are fragrant.

  2. Assemble salads by forming a bed of lettuce and topping it with bell peppers, tomatoes, avocados, and olives. Top with beans, corn, and cheese.

  3. Dress salads with honey-adobo dressing. Serve with tortilla chips (you can crumble these over the top or use them to scoop up the other ingredients). Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (48)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (11)

31 reviews

Love this salad!

By: Julie
Posted: Nov 18, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I could bathe in this dressing! Soooo good. Crumble some tortilla chips on top for a salty crunch!

By: Christine
Posted: Nov 15, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

This was pretty average but easy.

By: Namrita
Posted: Nov 10, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Added ground beef! Simple and easy.

By: Angela
Posted: Oct 28, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very enjoyable. Really like the salad dressing.

By: Samuel
Posted: Oct 28, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved how fast this came together, even without prepping before-hand. We even forgot to add the chips. Clean plates all around too!! :)

By: Karrie
Posted: Oct 26, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful