Posted by gabber1981 on Nov - 18 - 2013 under Beans, Beef, Cheese, Chili, Featured, Lettuce, Onions, Rice, Tomatoes
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Several leaves of lettuce, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 chili seasoning packet + what packet calls for
  • Bag of cheese - any kind will do (or can of condensed cheddar cheese soup)
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • Bag of tortilla chips, crushed into small, bite sized pieces
Cuisine: Cooking time: 20 - 30 mins Serving: 4 - 6 people

My husband likes this recipe a lot but can’t stand its name.  He refuses to call it Mexican Fiesta and insists I should just call it what it is, a taco salad.  It very well may be a taco salad, but I prefer to call it Mexican Fiesta.  It sounds so much more exciting.

I’m not sure where my mother got this recipe, but it has been in my family for a long, long time.  It’s easy and fast to make, serves many people, tastes great, and usually provides some leftovers.  It’s darn near impossible to mess up.  I think that is one reason why I like it.  Also, you can double the recipe easily and feed an insane amount of people.

I made it last night for some friends who came by to see our new house, and they really enjoyed it.  Here’s to hoping that you do too!


1.  Start cooking your rice.   If you don’t have a rice cooker, don’t panic, but I highly suggest one.  It makes cooking rice so much easier, and once it’s done, it will sit pretty and stay warm inside the pot without burning until you need it.  To make the rice “sticky”, like the rice you have at a Chinese restaurant, rinse the rice multiple times until the water is clear.  Cover the rice with enough water so it is slightly higher than the rice, close the lid, press the magical “cook” button down and walk away.  Easy peasy!



2.  Meanwhile, start chopping up your veggies and set them aside in something you can scoop them out of later when you are building your plate.

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3.  You can pre-crush your chips or crush as needed when you start building your plate.


4.   You can choose to either buy a bag of grated cheese, grate your own, or use a can of condensed cheddar cheese soup.   It’s all up to you.  Use whatever kind of cheese you like most.


5.  Read the instructions on your chili seasoning packet and follow them.

Chili Seasoning Packet

6.  My packet had me brown and drain a pound of ground beef.

Ground Beef

7.  Then I added in a can of undrained kidney beans, a can of undrained diced tomatoes in their juices and the seasoning packet with the meat.

Mexican Fiesta Ingredients Together

8.  I mixed it all together and let it cook until I liked the consistency.

Mexican Fiesta Cooking

9.  The last thing you need to do is build your plate.  Be very careful how much you put on your plate with each step or you’ll end up with a mountain of food you’ll never be able finish.  It grows quickly.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.  The order in which I build my plate usually goes like this: chips, rice, meat, cheese, onions, tomatoes, and finally the lettuce.  In the end, it should look something like the picture below.  Mouth watering yet?

Mexican Fiesta

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