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Southwestern Corn Chip Salad

 Southwestern Corn Chip Salad
You get an explosion of Southwestern flavor in every bite of this deliciously different salad. It's a favorite for kids of all ages since it mixes beans and cheese, tasty vegetables and crisp corn chips. —Jerri Moror, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.


  • 2-1/2 cups corn chips
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend or cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup salad dressing of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped green chilies
  • 1 small avocado, peeled and sliced


  • In a serving bowl or platter, toss together the chips, lettuce,
  • cheese, beans, tomato, salad dressing, onions and chilies. Top with
  • avocado. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 259 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 291 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 7 g protein.