Fiesta in a Bowl

By Patsy B. from Lincoln Junior High, School District 69, Skokie/Morton Grove, IL.


A colorful romaine lettuce salad with traditional Mexican flavors of chili roasted chicken, black beans, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, lime and tortilla chips tossed in a chipotle lime vinaigrette  

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1

From Fat35%
From Saturated Fat6%
From Sugar8%


Ingredient 6 servings 50 servings
Chicken Tenders1 lb8 lb
Chili Powder1 tsp2 tbsp
Olive Oil1 tsp + 4 tbsp8 tsp+2 cups
Romaine Lettuce Leaves1 lb8 lb
Black Beans, dried2 cups16 cups
Corn, whole kernels, frozen 1 1/2 cups12 cups
Tomatoes2 med16
Mexican Cheese Mix, shredded 2%1/2 cup4 cups
Cilantro, fresh2 tbsp1 cup
Whole Grain Tortilla Chips, no salt, broken into small pieces1/2 cup4 cups
Rice Vinegar, natural2 tbsp1 cup
Lime juice1 tbsp1/2 cup
Chipotle Chilies, canned1 tsp2 tbsp



To prepare dried black beans: Place beans in a saucepan, add 2 cups of water to every 1 cup of beans. Boil beans for two minutes, take the pan off the heat, cover and allow to stand at room temperature for two hours. Then rinse and drain beans. Return drained beans to a large stock pot, add enough water to cover at least 2 inches above beans. Bring the beans to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer, partially covering the pot for approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours until beans are tender. If foam should develop, skim off during the simmering process. Rinse, drain and cool before adding to salad.

Pre-heat oven to 400 *. Place whole chicken tenders onto a baking pan, toss with oil and sprinkles with chili powder. Bake for 15- 20 minutes until golden. When cooled, chop into medium diced pieces. Chicken maybe refrigerated until ready to serve salad.


4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp rice vinegar, natural

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp chipotle chilies, canned in adobe sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Set aside until ready to pour onto the salad or refrigerate until ready to use.

In a large mixing bowl add all of the remaining ingredients, toss with vinaigrette and serve.