When my daughter asked to have a patriotic theme for her July birthday party, I made this refreshing dish. If you want to prepare your salad in advance, omit the layer of chips and serve them on the side so they don't get soggy. —Glenda Jarboe, Oroville, California
Patriotic Taco Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Place chips in an ungreased 13x9-in. dish. Spread beef mixture evenly over the top. Cover with lettuce. Place olives in upper left corner to represent stars. To form stripes, add cheese and tomatoes in alternating rows. Serve immediately.
Editor's Note: If you wish to prepare this salad in advance, omit the layer of chips and serve them with the salad.