Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays - make this simple taco bar for your next house party that pleases even the pickiest eaters and makes large-scale party prep a breeze. Follow our simple steps below for a flavor-filled Mexican fiesta!
I venture to say that even the pickiest eaters enjoy tacos of some kind. Much like pizza, this crowd-pleasing Mexican classic is one food that most of us agree is absolutely delicious in all of its forms.
Why a taco bar?
The beauty of serving party guests tacos is two-fold.
Did we mention that everyone loves tacos? Seriously.
Building a taco bar might sound like a big undertaking, but it’s actually pretty simple with some planning and prep work, which we’ll guide you through below.
Follow our simple steps to learn how to do a taco bar with guests coming back for seconds. And thirds...
The sky is practically the Mexican limit when it comes to taco fillings.
First, consider a protein that will provide the base for your taco bar toppings. Try seasoned ground beef, pulled chicken, pork, or black beans for vegetarians and vegan.
Here are a couple of our favorite simple recipes for taco protein!
Keep in mind; this recipe is for just 1 lb of ground beef, which serves up to 3 people - multiply this recipe as needed, depending on the size of your taco party!
Again, you’ll need to multiply this recipe so that it can serve all your party guests - one recipe serves ~ 4 people.
Once you’ve decided on your proteins, use this checklist to build your taco bar party shopping list.
This taco ingredient is a true showstopper when you make it yourself - try this simple guacamole recipe that is the ultimate of all taco bar recipes. Remember to multiply this recipe by the size you need. One batch will feed 2-3 people.
Here’s what you’ll need to set up and serve tacos for a crowd:
To set up your taco bar, first, you’ll need to find a table big enough for all your tacos and fixings.
How do you keep tortillas warm for a taco bar?
A tortilla warmer is our favorite choice to keep tortillas warm for the party - it looks beautiful as it keeps your shells deliciously hot. If you don’t own a warmer, you can also line a slow cooker set to “warm” with a damp towel, wrapping your tortillas in foil.
To keep your meat or taco protein warm, use a crockpot set to the “warm” setting.
As for the taco bar side dishes and fixings are concerned, use individual bowls or plates with serving spoons or tongs to keep peoples’ fingers out of the cheese bowl! Any cold ingredients, like sour cream, will keep well in an inflatable cooler or a foil tray placed inside another ice-filled foil tray.
Set up the taco bar according to the natural flow of traffic - start with the tortillas, then the proteins, then the toppings so that people don’t have to double back for anything, which can majorly slow down the line.
Now that you’ve built a great party with our taco bar ideas, it’s time to add an essential accessory to any taco party - the drinks!
Offer adults spicy lime margaritas on the rocks - they’re simple, delicious, and wash down tacos perfectly. Or, if cocktails seem too involved, go for a case of Mexican Cerveza.
Try virgin blended margaritas for any underage kids or teens, or buy a few cases of assorted Mexican soda, like Jarritos, and enjoy watching people of all ages stuff themselves with your delicious taco bar!
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