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Old 09-01-2010, 12:38 AM   #1
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How much ground beef for 25 taco salads?

I need to cook ground beef for 25 taco salads. I use 80/20 hamburger meat, any idea how many pounds I should buy? Do you think 1/2 cup cooked meat will be enough for a serving for adults? Thanks!

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Old 09-01-2010, 05:08 AM   #2
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8 oz (1/2 pound) per salad would be very generous. For 25 portions that works out to 12.5 pounds of cooked ground beef. Assuming a 20% loss during cooking, you would need about 15 pounds before cooking.

If you went for 5 oz per salad you would need 7.8 pounds cooked. At 20% loss that works out to about 9.3 pounds before cooking.

Stick with ounces and pounds to make your calculations to keep things simple.

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Old 09-01-2010, 10:16 AM   #3
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.40, OP said half a CUP not half a pound. YIKES that WOULD be a very generous portion.

Half a cup is roughly 4oz or 125mg of meat. That would be a decent serving for taco salad.

Staying with that calculation, 4 servings/lb of beef you'd need 8.25 lbs of ground beef. Might I suggest you just buy the 5lb packages and do two of them? That way you will have a little bit extra to mess with so you can be a bit more generous with your servings or have seconds for some folks. Do you need to calculate second helpings? You might want to bump up to 12lbs if you do.
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4 oz? In Texas they would call it taco flavored salad!

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It also depends on who your feeding. At senior meals here, we use 4 oz., for hungrier people, you might want to up it to 5 or 6 oz. Are you also using beans in the salad? You could get by with 4 oz meat if you are also having beans.
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4 oz? In Texas they would call it taco flavored salad!

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I am with you on that one!

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What is taco salad anyways?
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I'd guess Alix is right about the portions. A restaurant taco salad would probably serve 4 Oz. in a salad.

People who order a salad for a meal are not big eaters.
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I'd guess Alix is right about the portions. A restaurant taco salad would probably serve 4 Oz. in a salad.

People who order a salad for a meal are not big eaters.
In truth you are probably right. I've seen many of them served up with an "ice cream" scoop of taco meat.

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What is taco salad anyways?
All the same ingredients you would use for a taco, but on a large bed of lettuce and corn tortilla chips. Many have added black olives and guacamole to it, also!

I make smaller ones without the meat as a side salad when I make a mexican meal.
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