Serving a crowd or just your hungry family? A taco bar is an easy solution that allows everyone to have just what they want. You can prep all of the toppings ahead of time so you aren’t running around as much right before the meal. Here are some tips to make your own taco bar at home.
The shells make the base of the tacos. Have a variety available for your guests. Options include:
- flour tortillas
- corn tortillas
- crunchy shells
- tortilla chips
- taco salad bowls
Meat and Beans
A main component of the taco bar is the meat. You have several options for taco meat. Common options are chicken, steak, ground beef and pork. You don’t need to offer every meat option. If you know everyone likes just one kind of meat, stick with that. If you’re serving a larger crowd or a group with varying tastes, choose two or three meats to serve. Beans are a good alternative for people who don’t eat meat. Either black or pinto beans work.
You’ll want to keep the meat and beans warm on the bar. Crock pots work well for keeping the meat warm. Stir the meat and beans occasionally so they don’t get crusty.
Next you’ll want lots of topping options. The choices depend on personal preference and the tastes of your guests. Here are some common options:
- black olives
Put the toppings in individual bowls with spoons or tongs in each one depending on what will work best. Put them in small bowls so they don’t get too warm or gross on the bar. Have some backups in the refrigerator so you can easily refill as needed. Condiments
No taco bar is complete without some condiments. Put out these options for your guests:
- sour cream
- taco sauce
You can put the condiments in bowls with spoons. A more efficient and possible less mess option is to put them in squeeze bottles like you find for ketchup and mustard. Snip more off the top for the thicker sauces if necessary.