Spanish Class Memories and a Recipe

I took the required two years of Spanish I needed to graduate High School and get into college.  I can not speak Spanish.  Maybe a few words.

Mr. A was my Spanish I teacher.  He was originally from Uruguay, and loved to tell stories of his youth.

One of my elementary school friends was in the same Spanish class as I was in.  It was great!  We quickly figured out that class participation could get us extra credit points; lots of extra credit.

Being the smart girls we are, earning extra credit points soon became a little competition between the two of us.  In fact, we earned so many extra credit points that Mr. A gave us an A on the final and we didn’t have to take the test.  We got to attend Foreign Language Night and be recognized as having outstanding grades in Spanish I.

By luck of the draw, my friend and I were in Spanish II class together also.  Our teacher was a feisty little gal that had a passion for Spanish culture.  On the first day of class she asked the students who were in Mr. A’s Spanish I class to raise their hands.  We shyly lifted our hands low, as we knew what was coming next.  She proceeded to tell us that we probably learned very little in Mr. A’s class and may struggle with Spanish II.

As I remember, we had to work harder for our A in Spanish II.  No skipping out on the final and no Foreign Language Night recognition.  But, it was fun while it lasted.

Now a Mexican flavored recipe to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Taco Salad

Ingredients for Salad:

1 pound Ground Beef

Taco Seasoning for 1 pound of ground beef

1/2 to 1 medium Head of Lettuce, chopped

8 oz. Cheddar Cheese, coarsely grated

1 large Onion, chopped or personal preference

4 medium Tomatoes, diced or personal preference

Black Olives, sliced – personal preference

1 package Doritos or Taco Flavored Chips

1 small can Kidney Beans – Optional

Directions for Salad:

Brown beef, add taco seasoning and let cool completely.

In a large bowl layer salad ingredients.

At serving time toss salad with dressing and chips.

Ingredients for Dressing:

8 oz Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing

2 T  Taco Sauce – More if desired

Directions for Dressing:

Mix together and toss with salad when ready to serve.

This salad is a great potluck go-to recipe.  Enjoy!


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11 Responses to Spanish Class Memories and a Recipe

  1. Kim says:

    I think Spanish is one of those use-it-or-lose it things. I didn’t retain much of my one year of high school Spanish (and, of course, it was a VERY long time ago!!) We love taco salad around here, too.

  2. LindaG says:

    Looks like a great recipe. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Candy C. says:

    Great story and your Taco Salad is lovely! 🙂

  4. Robyn, I love your story. I had a class in high school that was all about the “extra credit”too. Bringing in news articles, Doing posters, I think we even had a themed food party. Sad part is I can’t even tell you what class it was, maybe European history?
    But I do remember the dedication of my teacher and the hard work that went into trying to keep class interesting for us.
    Your taco salad looks yummy, thanks for sharing, I’ve pinned it!

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  6. Lisa says:

    This looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  7. Michelle says:


    Love the Spanish story. I took it for three years in high school and still can’t speak it! I know a few saying and whatnot but that’s it. This Taco Salad look super yummy! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  8. Jenny says:

    This taco salad looks fabulous. The funny part about taking Spanish is that it continues outside of high school and into college. I had to take two semesters of it in college as well. I teach in an urban school district now that has a lot of Spanish speaking children. I can understand, but the kids told me I sound french when I try to speak it. The honesty of elementary kids is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  9. Alyssa says:

    The taco salad looks really good. I like that you served it with Doritos! I took Spanish every year in high school and I hardly remember any of it. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

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