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Chicken Taco Salad Firehouse Recipe

 Chicken Taco Salad Firehouse Recipe


1 head iceberg lettuce,  chopped
1 cucumber peeled/chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, peeled, sliced
2 bunches fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tomatoes, 1" cubes
1 large can sliced black olives
1 15 oz can kidney beans
1 15 oz can corn

3 lbs chicken, sliced into bite sized thin pieces
1 red onion julienned
2 red bell peppers julienned
2 pouches chipotle taco marinade or seasoning

8 oz shredded pepper jack cheese

16oz light sour cream
1 jar salsa
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 bag fritos

Mix first set of ingredients in large bowl, set aside

In separate bowls, make one packet of chipotle marinade each, according to directions on packet
marinade chicken in one bowl for at least 30 minutes, longer if possible.  In other bowl, mix onions and peppers with 2nd chipotle marinade.  allow to marinade for at least 30 minutes as well.

Cook chicken over high heat until done and transfer to a clean bowl. let cool.

In same skillet, cook pepper/onion mixture.  Transfer to same bowl as chicken and let cool also.

Whisk together sour cream, salsa, and cider vinegar.

To the large bowl with first set of ingredients, add chicken/peppers/onions mixture, cheese, and dressing mixture.  Mix thoroughly. 

Just before serving, add fritos. Toss once more to incorporate.  Serve.  Feeds 9.

This is a favorite firehouse recipe provided by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Montgomery County, Maryland.


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Photograph by Roy Kelley 

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Comment balloon 30 commentsRoy Kelley • July 14 2015 09:01AM


Good morning Roy,

I should have had breakfast; now I hear a growling in the mid section.

Will give it a try.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 4 years ago

Hi Roy.  We don't often have that many people to feed, but if we should this recipe could come in handy.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing the recipe. I will bookmark this for later.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Roy.  When I read the title I just couldn't help myself.  Glad I stopped by this sounds soooo good.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 4 years ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Roy, great receipe for a large group. It would last my wife and myself a week! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 4 years ago

I just saved this recipe and will be trying it this weekend. It sounds so good. Thanks for sharing.  Have a good Friday

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 4 years ago

Thanks, again, for your comments. I like to receive your feedback.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Roy. I'm not sure which I like more, the terrific recipe, or the gorgeous flower.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 4 years ago

Sheila Anderson 

Enjoy the flower and the recipe. There are no limitations.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Yummy recipe.  Plan to make this over Labor Day holiday for family gathering.  Thanks for sharing, Roy Kelley 

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

I'm saving this one, Roy. It sound delicious. And, the dahlia is a beauty for certain. Happy Friday.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 4 years ago

Hi Roy, Taco salads are some of my favorite summer fare. I have not had it with chicken though and will have to try this one.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 4 years ago

This sounds wonderful! I will have to save this to make for Ronnie after he has his surgery and I am in the kitchen for a month.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 4 years ago

Roy Kelley sounds delicious .i think I might substitute cooked chicken from the market to cut down time

PS found on Mary Yonkers  re-blog

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 4 years ago

Roy- I am now so hungry!!!!   This sounds similar to something we made when I was in Girl Scouts!! I'm adding this to my list of recipes.   Hope you and Dolores have a great weekend. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 4 years ago

That sounds very yummy, thanks for sharing this nice recipe with us, as well as the beautiful flower!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 4 years ago

Yum! Here is it, not even lunch time yet, but I'm ready for this salad. Recipe saved. Thanks, Roy.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago


What a yummy recipe.  One suggestion is that instead of Fritos (GMO corn), one substitutes Trader Joes Organic Corn Chips which taste like great Fritos...It is Mexican lunch here with Chicken Quesadillas.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 4 years ago

Now I'm hungry! Looking forward for more! 

Posted by Niki Fuller, Indianapolis, Southern Indiana & Louisville, KY (Your Journey Team) almost 4 years ago

Roy, This sounds like a really good recipe but I am not a good cook and will defer to Yolanda who is an excellent cook. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 4 years ago

Roy, YUM!  If I was not going out for dinner tonight, this would be my menu.  Love anything mexican!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 4 years ago

Hi Roy -- so simple even I can throw this together.  I like the suggestion by Alexandra Ron and Alexandra Seigel.  The basic recipe lends itself to many interpretations.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 4 years ago

That sounds really good, Roy. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I've bookmarked it for future reference. Tonight's menu will include tomatoes and squash from the garden. I'm up to my armpits in tomatoes. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 4 years ago

Thank you very much for your comments. Your feedback is always appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Thanks Roy for sharing the beautiful flower picture and yummy recipe.  I think I'll try it this weekend.

Posted by Sally Crane, Woodland appraisal support. (WMS) almost 4 years ago

Sally Crane 

Enjoy the recipe and blog about the changes you make. Have a great weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Sounds great Roy.  I'm hungry all ready!

The flower is awesome!

Posted by Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor (REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida) almost 4 years ago

Recipes do make excellent blog topics. Thanks for your feedback.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Good Monday morning to all. We have a warm and muggy day in Maryland.

Keep cool and have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago