Easy Brunch Recipes

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A collection of easy brunch recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Find recipes for tea sandwiches, fruit salads, crab stuffed eggs, breakfast casseroles, and more.

The scenario: You’ve offered to host a brunch at your home because some old friends are coming back into town and you haven’t seen them in many years.

You want to have plenty of time to catch up on what’s been going on in their lives and don’t want to spend all of your time in the kitchen.

You may have had brunch out at restaurants and have admired all the complicated dishes, but wonder where to begin. Agreeing to host a brunch may feel a bit overwhelming at that point.

This meal does not need to be overwhelming or time consuming. In fact, it can actually be quite enjoyable, as most items can be made-ahead the day or evening before.

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How Much Food?

If you are having a small party of 4-6, there is just no need to have 10 different foods out.

The buffets at restaurants are meant to serve 50-150 people and they need a variety of food on hand to handle many different types of tastes and palettes.

3-4 different foods and 1 or 2 choices of beverage is plenty for a morning meal. Don’t make it hard on yourself by baking 3 kinds of muffins, 2 casseroles, and 3 other complicated dishes. While the presentation will be effective, you will be worn out from cooking and baking the entire day before and much less able to enjoy the time with your guests.

Depending on how well you know your guests, do take into consideration any dietary issues, known dislikes or picky eaters. If you know that they didn’t like mushrooms 5 years ago, don’t think that they all of a sudden started liking them. Omit the mushrooms or choose a different recipe. That will just make your meal planning easier. So let’s get started…

Brunch Helps

These are links to other articles I have written  and resources to help in planning your menu and your day.

Handmade Ceramic Tableware – Add a handmade touch to your dining table. Shop Handmade – Kitchen & Dining

Party Planning Tips Find helpful ideas for brunch menus, buffets, serving, decorating, and entertaining guests.

Ten Fun Brunch Recipes Here are a few ideas for inspiration.

Brunch Ideas A selection of classic ideas and recipes for your next gathering.

Fun ideas for Easy Brunch Food. Satisfy all of your taste buds with sweet, fruity, and savory foods.

Brunch Recipes Find favorites like stuffed green peppers, eggs Benedict, breakfast pizza, apricot scones, blueberry coffee cake, and more. A great place to start your recipe search.

Brunch Menus Quick and easy brunch recipes for waffles, pancakes, and eggs, along with breakfast drinks, fruits, and salads. Find traditional and holiday brunch food menus and ideas.

Brunch Menu Ideas Learn what works for this meal and what not to do as well as food recommendations including breakfast casseroles, pancakes, waffles, and more.

Selected Easy Brunch Recipes

Aside from many other recipes that are noted on the above pages, here are a few of my all time favorites that are tasty and easy to make. And don’t forget the bacon!

Italian Sausage Brunch Casserole A make-ahead breakfast casserole made with Italian sausage, onion, rice, Rice Krispies, cheese and eggs. This hearty breakfast casserole contains no bread.

Crab Quiche with Swiss Cheese and Onion – A different take on quiche.

Tea Sandwiches – Filled with a chopped ham spread.

Cucumber Sandwiches – Always a favorite on rye bread.

Baked Crab Dip – Need I say more?

Fresh Fruit Salad – Fruit helps balance the flavors of the meal.

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Tea Sandwich Recipes

tea sandwich recipes

A selection of tea sandwich recipes to serve for afternoon tea, as an appetizer, or brunch. Recipes include chopped ham sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, chicken salad, and more.

A tea sandwich was originally meant as something to stave of hunger in the mid afternoon a few hours before a larger dinner was to be served later in the evening.

These days these fun little finger sandwiches can be used as a quick appetizer for just about any occasion.

You can also serve them as part of a brunch menu as they are light, colorful, and tasty.

They add a savory flavor to complement many of the sweet offerings of a brunch.

They also make a nice display when combined together for an afternoon tea party, bridal luncheon, or shower with or without serving a pot of tea.

Tea Sandwich Recipes

 Chopped Ham Tea Sandwiches

chopped ham tea sandwichesAn easy tea sandwich filled with a chopped ham spread that’s quick and easy to make along with a variety of ways to serve them. Chopped ham tea sandwiches are filled with ham, cheese, egg, sour cream, green onions, and chopped pecans. Serve them for an afternoon tea party or part of a summer brunch menu. They would also be a nice addition to a bridal or baby shower menu. Click here for this tea sandwich recipe.

Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwiches

chicken salad recipeA chicken salad recipe made with chicken, crisp fall apples, dried cranberries, celery, pecans, green onions, and mayonnaise. Serve this delicious chicken salad for brunch or a luncheon on a croissant along with fresh fruit and a mimosa. Click here for this chicken salad sandwich recipe.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber SandwichesEasy cucumber sandwiches are made from fresh cucumbers and topped with a cream cheese spread on cocktail rye sandwich bread and sprinkled with dill. Serve this finger food for brunch, a tea party, or as an appetizer. These are a favorite in our household! Click here for this cucumber sandwich recipe.

Here are a few more brunch favorites to complement your meal:

Classic Veggie Pizza

classic veggie pizzaA classic veggie pizza recipe made with crescent roll dough, a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch salad dressing, and topped with chopped vegetables and cheese. Serve this cold pizza for brunch or as an appetizer. This is a quick and easy recipe that is a hit at family gatherings, parties, or bridal shower. Click here for this veggie pizza recipe.

Coconut Tea Cookies

coconut tea cookies Here is a tasty little cookie recipe to complement your sandwiches. They are petite and turn out just as you would expect a little tea cookie to look. And they taste great too! Click here for this coconut tea cookie recipe.

 

More Tea Party and Brunch Ideas

Putting together your own brunch? Find more brunch menu ideas.

Need tips for hosting a brunch? Try these brunch party planning tips.

Check out many more brunch menus here.

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Potato Pancake Recipe

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A quick and easy potato pancake recipe made from potatoes, onion, milk, and eggs. They are a savory dish that can be served as a side or the main course for brunch.

Serve them for breakfast or brunch with butter and maple syrup.

Another alternative is to serve these savory pancakes with applesauce dolloped on top or as a fruit side dish. This is especially good if the applesauce is homemade with a dash of cinnamon.

Potato pancakes make a hearty meal that will certainly cure any case of hunger for breakfast in the morning.

They can be eaten by themselves as the main course or served as a breakfast side dish with a slice of ham or scrambled eggs. The are a nice savory complement to some of the sweeter brunch items.

If you are concerned about them being too filling in comparison to the other items on your brunch menu, make them silver dollar size. That way everyone gets to try them, but won’t get totally filled up on only this one item.

Find more recipes using potatoes like this potato pancake recipe here.

Easy Potato Pancake Recipe

Easy Potato Pancake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups peeled, diced raw potatoes
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. Peel raw potatoes, rinse, and dice to about 1 inch square.
  2. Peel a small onion and cut it into quarters.
  3. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  4. Blend until all of the potatoes go through the blades, about 10 seconds. (Do not over-blend as potatoes will liquify.)
  5. Pour small amounts of the batter on a hot, greased griddle and fry until golden brown on both sides, turning once.
  6. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup or applesauce.
Notes
This recipe makes about 7-8 pancakes.
Serves 4.
 

Cranberry Scones With Vanilla Glaze

cranberry scones

Cranberry scones are made with fresh or dried cranberries, buttermilk, sugar, and butter. The vanilla glaze on top makes this a sweeter scone and delicious pastry. Serve them for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon tea party.

Moist chewy cranberries add a bit of sweet and tart to this scone recipe and a sweet vanilla glaze drizzled on top of the scones will delight guests. Buttermilk in the recipe makes these scones moist.

Serve with your favorite jam, jelly, marmalade and preserves. Devonshire cream, butter, honey or whipped cream make a nice topping also.

These sweet biscuits also make a delicious afternoon treat when served with coffee or a traditional tea.

Cranberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze Recipe

Cranberry Scones With Vanilla Glaze
 
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Cranberry scones are made with cranberries and buttermilk. A vanilla glaze on top of these scones makes a sweet treat for brunch or tea party.
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Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup cranberries, chopped (fresh or dried)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • Vanilla Glaze
  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon warm water
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Baking Equipment Needed
  • Large Mixing bowl
  • Pastry cutter or fork
  • 2 un-greased baking sheets or scone pans (see below)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork until it resembles course crumbs.
  4. Stir in chopped cranberries.
  5. Add sugar and buttermilk until just blended.
  6. Divide dough in half; roll each portion into an 8-inch circle, about ½ inch thick, on a lightly floured surface.
  7. Cut each portion into 8 wedges; arrange wedges on un-greased baking sheets or in scone pans. Repeat with other half of dough.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Prepare glaze while the scones are baking. Once the scones have cooled, drizzle glaze over the tops of the scones.
  10. These can be cut into squares instead of triangles, and can also be dropped on to baking sheets in large spoonfuls.
Notes
Makes about 16 scones.
 

Buttermilk Bran Muffins

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An easy buttermilk bran muffins recipe made with All-Bran cereal and buttermilk. Buttermilk keeps these muffins moist. Serve these quick and easy muffins warm for breakfast or brunch.

Always a favorite, bran muffins are a staple for an everyday breakfast treat. These are kept moist with buttermilk in the recipe.

If you are looking for a healthy, high fiber bran muffin that still tastes great and is not dry and crumbly, try this recipe.

You may not have actually eaten All-Bran cereal in a long time on its own, but it does make for a tasty muffin. Once it is soaked in buttermilk, the cereal softens up and the buttermilk lends a great flavor.

Powdered buttermilk is usually found in the baking isle at your favorite grocery. I find it easier to use and store powdered buttermilk vs. fresh as it is not an ingredient I use frequently. It will keep in the refrigerator a long time.

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Buttermilk Bran Muffins

Buttermilk Bran Muffins
 
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This easy buttermilk bran muffins recipe is made with bran cereal and buttermilk. Buttermilk keeps these muffins moist. Serve them for breakfast or brunch.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups All-Bran cereal
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease muffin tin with either cooking spray oil or butter and flour.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and buttermilk powder and set aside.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, add all-bran cereal and water. Let stand 1-2 minutes until the cereal has softened.
  5. Add egg and vegetable oil and beat well.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to your cereal mixture, stirring just until moistened. Do not over-mix.
  7. Spoon batter into muffin tin about ¾ full. Do not let batter sit.
  8. Bake right away for 20-25 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown.
Notes
Makes 12 muffins.

If you wish you can add ¾ cup of fresh raisins to the batter.
 

Simple Pancake Recipe For Light And Fluffy Pancakes

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A simple pancake recipe made with basic ingredients you have in the house. Serve these light and fluffy pancakes for breakfast or brunch.

There is something to be said for simplicity and many times that is all you need when it comes to pancakes. Top them with anything you want from pure maple syrup, homemade maple strawberry syrup, or blueberry sauce.

If you have ever been disappointed with the flavor of pre-packaged pancake mixes, but find yourself short on time for breakfast, this recipe goes together quickly. Serve hot and fresh pancakes for breakfast or brunch this weekend.

For variety, add in a handful of chocolate chips or fresh blueberries to the batter. The children will love it.

This recipe makes about 7-8 pancakes and serves 4. You can double the recipe if needed. You can also find more homemade pancake recipes here.

Simple Pancake Recipe For Light And Fluffy Pancakes

Simple Pancake Recipe
 
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A simple pancake recipe made with basic ingredients you have in your pantry. Serve these light and fluffy pancakes for breakfast or brunch.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 5 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Sift the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, and granulated sugar) together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. Add in beaten eggs, vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla.
  4. Stir together with a whisk until batter is smooth.
  5. Place approximately ¼ cup of batter and fry on a non-stick heated griddle or frying pan until bubbly and golden brown flipping once. You may need to add a bit of butter if you don't have a non-stick pan.
  6. Place on a plate between a clean towel to keep them warm until you are done frying.
Notes
This simple pancake recipe makes about 7-8 pancakes and serves 4.
 

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins With Yogurt For Brunch

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These lemon poppy seed muffins are made with poppy seed, sugar, butter, eggs, plain yogurt, and shredded lemon peel. Yogurt in the batter keeps this quick and easy muffin recipe moist.

A good traditional choice and loved by most everyone. They add a nice variety to a brunch table because they have a bit of texture to them from the poppy seeds.

Quick and easy to make, these wonderfully moist and flavorful muffins are the perfect food for a breakfast or brunch.

This is one of my favorite recipes as I like the tiny crunch of the seeds when you bite into one of them. I know they have a bad reputation due to employment testing, but if you are comfortable with it, they are really good.

Plain yogurt and shredded lemon peel gives these muffins a signature tang.

Muffins will re-heat well in the microwave so you can always serve fresh hot muffins to your family and friends. This recipe makes 18 muffins. You can also freeze a few if the recipe makes too many.

Breakfast and Brunch Serving Ideas:

Serve them warm with whipped strawberry butter or cream cheese spread. Serve with fresh fruit or a breakfast smoothie.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
 
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Lemon poppy seed muffins are made with poppy seed, sugar, butter, eggs, plain yogurt, and shredded lemon peel. Yogurt in the batter keeps this quick and easy muffin recipe moist.
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Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease 18 muffin cups with cooking spray or line muffin tins with paper baking cups.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, poppy seed, salt, and baking soda. Set the mixture aside.
  4. In a large mixer bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed till fully.
  5. Beat in eggs, vanilla and lemon peel.
  6. Add the flour mixture and yogurt alternately to the beaten mixture, beating just until combined.
  7. Fill the muffin cups or tins two thirds full.
  8. Sprinkle the muffins with additional sugar on the top to add a special sparkle.
  9. Bake in your oven for about 20 minutes or until the muffin is golden brown.
Notes
Makes 18 Muffins.
 

Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

easy chicken parmesan recipe

An easy Chicken Parmesan recipe made with fresh chicken, Italian bread crumbs, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and served over a bed of spaghetti. Serve for an easy family weekend dinner. You can also find more easy main dish dinner recipes here.

This is one of those recipes where you don’t know what you have missed for years until you make this at home. In our family, Chicken Parmesan went from some type of obscure chicken dish to a recipe we make at least once per month.

If you love chicken and spaghetti, you won’t go wrong trying this recipe for dinner this weekend!

Notes:  You can use a traditional spaghetti sauce for this recipe, but I personally prefer using Marinara sauce. I find spaghetti sauce has too much seasoning which detracts from the flavor of the dish. Look for a good quality Marinara sauce. Buy the best quality chicken you can find, as there are differences in taste and quality. This is one dish you will be happy you spent a bit extra on quality chicken.

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Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe
 
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An easy Chicken Parmesan recipe made with fresh chicken, Italian bread crumbs, marinara sauce, and served over a bed of spaghetti. Serve for an easy family weekend dinner.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 (12-16 ounce) package spaghetti noodles
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup Italian flavored breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2-3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1-24 ounce jar Marinara sauce
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese
  • ⅓ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Begin by preparing the spaghetti as directed on package. Once cooked, place in a glass serving dish and add 1-2 Tablespoons of butter to the noodles and toss to coat. This keeps the spaghetti from sticking together while you prepare the chicken.
  2. To prepare the chicken, pound each chicken breast to flatten to a uniform thickness.
  3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cut each chicken breast in half crosswise so you have 6 equal portions of chicken.
  5. Dip chicken in egg and then in bread crumbs.
  6. Fry the chicken in 1-2 Tablespoons butter in a medium hot non-stick skillet, turning and browning for about 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add more butter to the pan as needed to keep the chicken from sticking.
  7. When done, remove the chicken from skillet and set aside on a separate plate.
  8. Reduce heat and add in the Marinara sauce to the pan residue. Heat thoroughly.
  9. Add the chicken back in to the Marinara sauce.
  10. Place slices of mozzarella cheese on top of each piece of chicken.
  11. Sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese.
  12. Place the frying pan lid on just until the cheese melts.
  13. To serve: Warm up spaghetti in microwave if necessary. Place a serving of spaghetti on a dinner plate, add a spoonful of Marinara sauce, and place the chicken on top.
  14. Serve additional Parmesan cheese at the table so guests can add extra to their personal taste.
Notes
If you don't have fresh Parmesan cheese available, you my use aged Parmesan instead.


I prefer and recommend Marinara sauce instead of spaghetti sauce, but either will work.
 

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Fruit Punch Recipe

Fruit Punch Recipe

A non-alcoholic fruit punch recipe made with tea, orange, lemon, and pineapple juices and topped with gingerale.

Serve this tasty drink recipe for brunch, a wedding shower or bridal shower.

Punch can be served for a variety of festive occasions along with coffee and other traditional drinks.

It goes over well with almost everyone and is an easy way to serve beverages when entertaining a large number of people.

Of course, you can always add your favorite booze to the punch as well for the adult occasions.

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Non-Alcoholic Fruit Punch Recipe

Fruit Punch Recipe
 
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Serves: 48
Ingredients
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • ¼ cup tea leaves
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • mint sprigs
  • maraschino cherries
  • 3-6 drops red food coloring
  • 1-1/2 quarts ginger ale
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and 3 cups of the boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil for 7 minutes without stirring. Cool.
  2. Pour remaining boiling water over tea leaves. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain and cool.
  3. Combine fruit juices, sugar syrup and tea and food coloring. Chill.
  4. When ready to serve, pour over an ice ring in a punch bowl, add ginger ale, maraschino cherries and garnish with a few sprigs of mint.
 

Classic Taco Salad Recipe

classic taco salad recipe

This classic taco salad recipe is made with ground beef, onion, green pepper, tomato, kidney beans, cheese, taco chips, and Western dressing. Serve this recipe for a summer picnic or take a batch of it along to a potluck. You can also find more summer salads like this taco salad recipe here.

It seems difficult to think how many years this particular recipe has been made for our extended family gatherings. I think I can remember it being served as far back as the mid to late 1970’s. Taco salad is one of those tasty summer classics that seems to stand the test of time.

There are now so many different types of taco salad recipes available online it can be difficult to know which one tastes the best. I prefer this recipe over others as it uses actual taco chips, not another flavor of chips. I think this is one of the more important aspects of keeping this recipe original.

Also, I have noticed different types of dressings used in other recipes. I always use Western dressing with this recipe. It has just the right amount of sweetness and tang.

This salad recipe is a favorite with our friends and family and makes enough to serve 12 (maybe more), so it is a good summer picnic food.

Crunchy taco chips and tangy Western dressing make this a quick and easy recipe to put together. The addition of ground beef and kidney beans makes it a meal in itself. Serve with fresh fruit and other picnic fare.

How To Make A Taco Salad Ahead Of Time So It Doesn’t Get Soggy

I thought I would include this piece as this recipe tends to find itself at picnics or large gatherings often. Sometimes when you arrive you won’t be eating for quite a few hours. If you have mixed the salad all together what ends up happening is your taco chips get soggy. It loses a lot of the characteristic crunch and can fall flat as a salad. In order to avoid this happening, here is what I do to prepare for travel:

In a large bowl with a cover, combine all ingredients as directed within the recipe EXCEPT the taco chips and Western dressing. In a separate paper or plastic bag, crush up the taco chips in small pieces so they are ready to go. Place the lid on the salad and keep it chilled while traveling and right up until serving time. Make sure to pack the chips and dressing with you as well as a couple of large forks and spoons for mixing. When ready to serve add in the taco chips and dressing and toss to coat everything well.

The result? A crispy, crunchy cold salad ready for everyone to enjoy.

I snapped a photo of the salad mixed up right before I added the dressing and taco chips. I love the bright colors!

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Classic Taco Salad Recipe

Classic Taco Salad Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, browned
  • 1 head of lettuce, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1-16 ounce can of red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 pound shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut in wedges
  • 1-10 ounce bag of Doritos Taco flavored chips
  • 1-8 ounce bottle Western Dressing*
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan, brown the ground beef and crumble in the pan. Drain and cool completely.
  2. Chop your lettuce, onion, and green pepper and place in a very large mixing or serving bowl. Use less onion if you wish.
  3. Rinse and drain the kidney beans well in a strainer. Add them to the other ingredients.
  4. Cut the tomatoes into wedges and add them into the mixture.
  5. Shred the cheddar cheese and toss with the other ingredients. Add in the cooled hamburger and mix together well.
  6. Just before serving take handfuls of taco chips and crush 7 ounces and add it to the taco salad recipe. Pour a small bottle of Western dressing over all and mix thoroughly.
Notes
Helpful Hints:

* Add the crushed taco chips and dressing no sooner than 30 minutes before serving or the chips will become a bit soggy.

* If your salad does become soggy after sitting in the refrigerator as a leftover, just crunch up some more taco chips and mix in before serving.

* Western dressing is similar to a French dressing, except that it is not as sweet. It is tangier and imparts a nice flavor. You could possibly substitute Catalina dressing if Western is not available.

Makes a generous 12 servings.
 

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