Childhood, Food, Humor, Recipes

Old School Taco Bowl


I am kind of an anomaly with food.
When I was young, I loved the cafeteria food my school system served.
I hear jokes about school food and I laugh along but secretly, I don’t know what is this “joke” you speak of.
Because apparently either my standards are lower than the rest of the population or not everyone had a school with such amazing food.
Or awesomesauce if you will.

I have two words that will change your life:
Wiener. Winks.
Go here for the recipe.
It is amazing.
Full fat. Non-paleo. Carbtastic. Not at all organic.
You know, old school craptastic food.

Wiener Winks is a credit to my lunch ladies.
Thumping my chest. YO.
Not only were they cool to hang with….they were…..but they actually MADE the food.

This recipe is an homage to Mrs. Balnoschan and her posse.
Thumping my chest. YO.
Love those ladies like they are my blood.

Lexington Lunchroom Taco Bowl

There are many variations on this.
Make it your own!
And I let the kids make their own too.


Browning the ground beef for our taco bowl

While your meat of choice is cooking or browning (we use lean ground beef), assemble the following ingredients:

Ingredients for taco bowl

Lettuce, cheese, Frito chips, taco sauce…..this is where you are free to be you.
I am following a similar path as the original taco bowl from my childhood, but you can change it up as you like.

I put it in separate bowls on the table so the girls can help themselves.

Ingredients for taco bowl

Assemble on a plate or in a bowl, add a little sour cream, and you are done

Good old Taco Bowl

Old school taco bowl.
And it’s okay to lick the plate clean.
Thumping my chest. YO.

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Old School Taco Bowl

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • half head of lettuce
  • 1 C. shredded cheddar
  • bag of Fritos
  • sour cream
  • Picante sauce
  1. Brown beef and onion. Add taco seasoning packet and water according to packet directions. Let simmer for a few minutes.
  2. While that is simmering, prepare the toppings!
  3. Chop up your lettuce and get ready to assemble your bowls.
  4. Layer in this order into the bowl: Fritos, ground beef, Picante sauce, lettuce, cheese, sour cream.



15 thoughts on “Old School Taco Bowl”

  1. This has Fritos so it has to be the best recipe EVER. Frito addict. It's okay, right? Ps. I loved the Tuna Salad at my high school. Most days? Tater tots and swiss cake rolls for me, but on Tuna Salad day? I was tray, all the way!!


  2. We just had this Friday night….because Ty came home from college and wanted it……with buttered bread! It does ROCK!!


  3. Just had this the other night except our Fritos traditionally go on the bottom. I've been making this since the 1982 World's Fair! Google "Petros Knoxville". 🙂


    1. Fritos should go on the bottom….I actually did it wrong. :-)I also put fritos on the bottom of our chili….yummmm.


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