Growing up my brothers used to have taco eating contests. Wow, could they put away a lot of tacos! We loved taco night. I still do and probably have taco night more often as an adult than when I was younger.
When I was in college I tried my first taco salad. It was from Taco Bell. Taco Bell because I was in college and it was cheap. Normally I went for the (back then) 59 cent burrito. But for whatever the reason on that day I splurged. The shell was crispy and they filled it with only what I wanted in it. Perfect!
The great thing is the taco salad can be easily done at home. I normally buy a taco salad shell kit but could not find it at the stores here. Next best thing is to do it myself. I didn't deep fry it, but baked it. Even better!
Each person is different but here is some of the things that go in ours:
Ground beef - plain or seasoned
Of course these are so versatile you can add guacamole, olives or whatever other topping you might like. We're pretty plain around here and like to keep things simple.
When you chop up the vegetables there is no need to be fancy, just put them in storage containers so when you're done you can just pop the lid on and toss them in the fridge. Clean up is half way done.
Now create your masterpiece.