Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: about 12 minutes
1. Brown the beef in a nonstick pan, about 5 minutes; crumble with a fork. Stir in taco seasoning. Add 3/4 cup water to pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
2. For dressing, put sour cream and salsa in a small bowl and stir or whisk until well blended; set aside.
3. Serve cooled beef, dressing, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, cheese, and tortilla chips in bowls or on a large serving platter.
4. Set out small bowls of the garnishes so everyone can customize their salads.
How kids can help: Shred lettuce; break up tortilla chips; rinse beans in a colander; measure and blend dressing; put garnishes in bowls.