Tips for Serving Tacos at a Party

You can never go wrong with tacos; it is a delicious and easy snack to make, especially if you’re throwing a party. But, if you’re a little lost, serving tacos for a bunch of people can be quite an overwhelming task. That is why in this article, we are going to give you some tips on how to serve tacos at a party. We are going to tell you about the proper food preparation, what you’ll need, the presentation, the appropriate serving, as well as the ideal location, to place your taco bar.

How Do You Set Up a Taco Bar?

If you’re going to be serving tacos for a whole lot of people, then you might need to set up a taco bar. It is where you will place all your taco ingredients and let the people make their own tacos. So in order to do this, you have to know the basics of setting up a taco bar. This means you have to determine precisely where you would be setting it up. Would it be an indoor or an outdoor kind of taco bar? How many guests are you expecting? How much should you be serving?

Why a DIY Taco Bar is Perfect for Your Party

  • A taco bar is super easy to prepare and coordinate– Probably the most challenging part is cooking the taco filling, but once you’re through with that, all you have to do is set up the ingredients like a buffet and let your guests mix and match their own fillings and create their own version of a perfect taco. 
  • A taco bar is affordable– Taco ingredients are reasonably priced and can be bought in your local supermarket. 
  • You can be as creative as you can when it comes to the fillings – When you’re creating a taco bar, you would not have to stick with one filling only; you can prepare different kinds of taco fillings such as turkey or beef, and you can swap Greek yogurt with sour cream. You can make several substitutions so that you can also satisfy your health-conscious guests. 
  • Taco ingredients can be made ahead of time– You do not have to be busy preparing tacos on the day of your party. When you’re setting up a taco bar, you can prepare your taco filling one or two days ahead of time. You can cook your meat in the crockpot while taking care of other things. 
  • Leftovers will not go to waste– Whether you use turkey, ground beef, shredded beef, or chicken, you will never worry about what’s going to happen with the leftovers. Because you just have to freeze it properly, and you can use it for different recipes in the future.

What Do You Need for Your Taco Bar?

Equipment and Utensils

When cooking and serving your taco ingredients, you will need:

  • Paper or plastic plates
  • Plastic cutleries
  • Serving spoons and utensils
  • Table napkins
  • warmers
  • slow cookers
  • roasting trays or chafing dishes
  • Circular bowls

The appliances that we mentioned are what you will need in cooking rice, meats, and beans. At the same time, the circular bowls will be perfect for serving the sides such as tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese. We suggest you use really good bowls because everything looks more admirable when placed in pretty-looking bowls.

On the other hand, plastic or paper cutleries are going to be the best thing that you can use when you serve your tacos. They will save you a lot of cleaning time, and there will be no piled-up dishes in the sink or broken plates. Do not forget to put some table napkins in your taco bar because creating and eating tacos can be messy. 

Tortillas

There are different kinds of tortilla chips that you can serve or add to your taco bar, and these are:

  • Double-decker tortilla chips
  • corn tortilla as opposed to a flour tortilla
  • Soft tortilla chips
  • Hard tortilla chips
  • Grain-free tortilla chips

Soft tortillas are the easiest tortilla to prepare because all you have to do is warm them up in your skillet then keep them warm by wrapping them in a towel. If you want to serve some hard tortillas, you will have to make sure that you toast them gently but fast in your oven until they’re warm, but make sure that you do not burn them. If you want to add grain-free tortillas to your list, you will have to grill them on your gas griller. 

The Meats

 If you do not have the time, you can use easy-to-cook meat such as:

  • Taco-seasoned beef
  • Taco-seasoned chicken
  • Taco-seasoned turkey

When. It comes you are cooking the meats for your taco, and we suggest that you use a slow cooker to ensure that they are thoroughly cooked, and the flavors will surely lock in with the meat.

Taco Sides

There are a lot of sides that you can add to your tacos to make your guests enjoy your taco bar to the fullest. Here are some must-have sides: 

  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Black olives
  • Diced white onions
  • Salsa
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Fresh lettuce
  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeno slices
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Mexican rice
  • Refried beans
  • Pico de gallo

Setting Up Your DIY Taco Bar

When you’re setting up your taco bar, do not forget to place these things accordingly in the serving area: 

  • Corn tortillas or taco shells
  • Meat
  • Plasticware, silverware, or plates
  • Cutlery
  • Napkins
  • Different kinds of shredded cheese
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Taco Salad
  • Drinks
  • Rice and beans (e.g black bean, refried beans)
  • Toppings laid out respectively
  • Fresh shredded lettuce
  • Diced onion
  • Chopped cilantro and jalapeno
  • Salsa, sour cream, avocado, or guacamole

Remember, the appearance of your taco bar is an essential element. This is why it is best to design it to match the party’s theme or give it a Mexican vibe by using Mexican-made ingredients, Mexican music, and table covers. We also suggest that you use matching table cloths, napkins, serving spoons, and bowls.