Taco Bar: How to Set Up a Taco Bar & Party

Taco Bar Party

The term taco refers to a world that’s simultaneously specific and surprising. Whatever your definition may be, one thing is for sure, taco = tortilla + toppings. To build a supreme taco, you should assemble several supreme layers of ingredients; starting with a tortilla on the bottom, the meat in the middle, and salsa on top. This freedom to taco as you choose extends to any ingredients that melt in your mouth!

A taco bar is a fun way to allow you time to interact with your guests, rather than secluding yourself in the kitchen during most of the party. Not to mention, allowing guests to build their own taco tailored to their favorite toppings cuts your preparation time in half. Simply tempt your guests with popular taco bar food items by providing a variety of savory fillings, fresh sauces and tempting toppings; then sit back and let your guests have fun assembling unique, tasty tacos. A make-your-own, crowd-pleasing taco bar is a no-fuss option so you can enjoy your guests and party; hosting anxiety is neither part of the ingredients nor directions!

Taco Bar Set Up

Like any buffet, start with plates and warm tortillas at the begging of the taco bar, followed by the fillings. Next, place the toppings (salsas, sauces, vegetables and condiments). At the end of the table, place sides of rice and beans. Don’t forget appropriate serving silverware for each item and plenty of napkins and eating utensils.

1. Tortillas & Shells

No two people are alike and neither are their tacos. Consider offering the health-conscious guests a bed of lettuce as well as the choice between hard- and soft-shelled tacos.

2. Fillings 

Go for Chicken, Carne Asada, Ground Beef, Ground Turkey, Grilled Fish or Grilled Shrimp.

3. Toppings 

  • Salsas and Sauces: Fairway pre-made salsa, mango salsa, guacamole, and Fairway Hot Sauce.
  • Vegetables: Shredded iceberg lettuce, shredded green and red cabbage, black olives, chopped onions, cilantro, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, slices of lime, jalapeños, and sautéed bell peppers and onions.
  • Cheeses: Shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled Cotija cheese, shredded Monterey jack cheese and sour cream.

4. Clean Up

Part of this cuisine’s charm is it’s carelessness. Or rather, look of ease (we know the care that goes into its cooking and assembly). Why not capitalize on this by using disposable plates, napkins and utensils! Let your guests feed and clean themselves – now that’s the secret to happy hosting!

What ingredients would you have at your own taco bar party? Did we forget some? If so, #eatbiglivelarge #fairwaymarket on Twitter and Insta to let us know your favorite taco bar set-up and style!

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