Here's a fantastic idea for your next picnic! It is equally fantastic for birthday parties and other special events, especially those that involve kids. You will need any combination of the following:
individual bags of your favorite chips
chopped or shredded lettuce
cooked, shredded chicken
cooked ground beef
cooked, shredded roast beef
Taco Salad Dressing (see below)
You can add to or take away from this list any way you like. Just include all the ingredients for a taco salad that you like the best.
Offer only one type of chip or offer a variety, such as corn chips, tortilla chips, Cool Ranch Doritos, Nacho Cheese Doritos, etc.
Arrange bowls of the ingredients in an easy to assemble order, such as, lettuce first and dressing last. Put each ingredient in a separate bowl with a lid. This makes for easy transporting, easy serving, easy clean up, and easy to stash leftovers in the refrigerator.
I prefer shredded chicken rather than ground beef since I don't mind chicken when it is cold. Ground beef...not so much. You could put hot ground beef in a thermos to bring it to the park, if you prefer it warm. At home, you could serve it from a slow cooker on the Warm setting. Or make it easy and just bring shredded chicken. Or leave out the meat for a vegetarian version. The salad is so good you won't even miss it!
Offer one or both dressings. Both are so terrific in these Walking Tacos. You can read that either way you want. Both as in either one is terrific. Or, both as in add them both!! Click on the Ranch Dressing link above for a fantastic Ranch Dressing recipe. The Taco Salad Dressing recipe that I love the best is made from equal parts Catalina or French Dressing ( My favorite is Fat Free Kraft Catalina Dressing) and Chunky Salsa. So, if you need 1 cup of dressing, combine 1/2 cup Catalina Dressing and 1/2 cup Chunky Salsa. Increase the amounts as needed. Yum!!
Don't forget the plastic forks. Pop one in each bag or provide a pile of them at the end of the assembly line.
Not only are Walking Tacos fun, great tasting, simple to serve, and simple to eat...but...perhaps the best part...ZERO clean up. Toss the bags in the trash!