El Torito’s Mexican Caesar Salad

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by America’s Restaurant Recipes

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Description: Strips of crisp-fried tortillas(this can be optional to save calories) on top of a bed of greens with roasted red pepper strips drizzled with a creamy and
zesty dressing with a kick.


Cilantro Pepita Dressing:
2 medium Anaheim Chiles,
roasted, peeled and seeded
1/3 cup roasted pepitas
(pumpkin seeds)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 teaspoon ground black
1 teaspoon salt
12 oz. salad oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
5 tablespoons grated Cotija
cheese (Cotija cheese is a hard cheese similar to parmesan)
2 small bunches cilantro,
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup water


2 corn tortillas
vegetable oil
1 large head romaine lettuce,
rinsed and spun dry
1/3 cup finely grated Cotija
roasted red bell pepper, peeled
and cut into julienne strips
1/2 cup roasted pepitas
(pumpkin seeds), for garnish


  1. Place chilies, pepitas, garlic, pepper,
    salt, oil, vinegar, and cheese in bowl
    of food processor and blend approximately 10 seconds; add cilantro, a
    little at a time until blended smooth.
    (This may have to be done in batches.)
  2. In large stainless steel bowl, combine mayonnaise and water; whisk
    until smooth. Transfer Chile mixture
    to bowl; whisk to blend thoroughly.
  3. Transfer to covered container and
    refrigerate. Will keep for 3 days.

Assemble salad: Cut corn tortillas into matchstick size strips. Heat oil in saute’ pan; fry tortilla strips until crisp; remove with slotted spoon; drain on
paper towels; set aside.

  1. Tear romaine into bite-sized pieces; place on salad
    plates; ladle about 2 oz. of dressing over each salad.
  2. Top with Cotija cheese and tortilla strips. Arrange 4
    red pepper strips (like spokes of a wheel) on top of
    each salad; garnish with whole pepitas.
    Serves 4

About El Torito’s:

El Torito’s (R) Sports Bar opened in 1982 serving flavorful, succulent, meaty pork ribs, peel-your-own shrimp and tangy BBQ chicken as well as many other favorites. America’s Restaurant Recipes.

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