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Taco salad without chips

fldhkybnva Oct 16, 2012 08:36 PM

I am planning to make taco salad for a group of friends who are mostly paleo/low carb. i was surprised that there were many moans and groans, as they usually stray away as they miss the crunch of tortilla chips. Anyone routinely make taco salad without tortilla chips? Do you miss the crunch at all? Any good substitutes?

  1. ipsedixit Oct 16, 2012 08:42 PM

    Kale chips.

    1. rabaja Oct 16, 2012 09:46 PM

      As a WW, I would just put it over green cabbage or iceberg lettuce and be very happy with that crunch.

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      1. re: rabaja
        DuchessNukem Oct 16, 2012 09:53 PM

        Similarly, romaine leaves as wraps taste fresh and the ribs make for a bit of juicy crunch.

      2. todao Oct 16, 2012 09:51 PM

        We prepare taco salads routinely without chips by simply layering the filling ingredients (chili, cheese, etc.) on a bed of chopped lettuce. Never miss the chips at all.
        Pork Rinds (chicharrones) might be another option. But crunchy veggies (e.g. celery) might also do the trick.

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          sedimental Oct 16, 2012 10:15 PM

          You can also just make chips from low carb tortillas. It's easy. That won't work for strict paleo folks but it would for LC folks. There are also plenty of grain free crackers to serve along side a taco salad.

          1. pinehurst Oct 17, 2012 04:28 AM

            Hmm. Lots of delish ideas so far. How about making frico from jalapeno cheddar last minute (Cabot has a good one, and it crisps better than jack cheese) to garnish? Of course, like sedimental's idea, it's not for the paleo folk, but the LC'ers will eat 'em.

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            1. re: pinehurst
              biondanonima Oct 17, 2012 08:50 AM

              Frico is perfect - I either make chips of it or turn it into a bowl and serve the taco salad inside of it. Pork rinds are also an awesome addition.

            2. Crockett67 Oct 17, 2012 05:33 AM

              All the time. I typically don't eat chips in my taco salad and request it without the fried tortilla shell if they use it.

              Oh so good no matter how you serve it!

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              1. re: Crockett67
                fldhkybnva Oct 17, 2012 08:16 AM

                Wow, I love all the great ideas. I was shocked at the responses of "a taco salad is no good without chips: :) I think I will go with crisp lettuce and find out if I can convince anyone.

              2. JungMann Oct 17, 2012 08:03 AM

                Chicharrones are perfect for a taco salad, though including really crunchy Romaine and marinated onions also makes up for the missing texture.

                1. Davwud Oct 17, 2012 08:37 AM

                  I add flour tortilla pieces and a like it much better. I don't find a fork stabs hard taco pieces very well.

                  DT

                  1. The Dairy Queen Oct 17, 2012 09:01 AM

                    jicama is great for crunch. Can you do cheddar chips, like parmesan cheese crisps but with cheddar? (Never tried them, but maybe they'd be good? http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe...)

                    ~TDQ

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                      maxie Oct 17, 2012 07:26 PM

                      +1 on the jicama. I slice thin "chips" to serve with guacamole in lieu of tortilla chips. In salad, it is good in small dice.

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                      Nanzi Oct 17, 2012 09:02 AM

                      Nuke little piles of grated cheese on piece of parchment paper until it is crunchy. I think the recipe said 45 seconds. Peel them off the parchment and you have cheesey crunchy paleo/keto chips.
                      Vary the cheeses. Can also be done with american cheese cut into strips for cheese sticks.
                      see pic here: http://i.imgur.com/yGa4r.jpg

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                      1. re: Nanzi
                        fldhkybnva Oct 17, 2012 05:34 PM

                        Wow, that looks like a great idea.

                      2. fldhkybnva Oct 19, 2012 11:02 PM

                        Taco salad satisfyingly enjoy with a whopping helping of iceberg lettuce and extra guacamole with no chips. Thanks for the suggestions, will try them out in the future.

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