Thought Leader Series: Building The Perfect Make-Your-Own Taco Bar

Erin Pennings is a marketer by trade who serves up tasty treats and fun feats as a food/lifestyle blogger at SalmonAtSeven.com. This article discusses how taco bars are a great way to host a deconstructed dinner. Perfect for families...

Taco bar

Erin Pennings is a marketer by trade who serves up tasty treats and fun feats as a food/lifestyle blogger at SalmonAtSeven.com.

This article discusses how taco bars are a great way to host a deconstructed dinner. Perfect for families with picky eaters or multiple tastes, easy for busy parents, and fun for kids to use as a creative tool. It includes all the necessary ingredients and fun serving ideas.

The perfect taco bar isn't a mythical beast. In fact, it's something that you can easily incorporate into your repertoire of meals for your family, or a great way to host a party.

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Taco bars give everyone the opportunity to build their perfect taco.

So, what is a taco bar?

A taco bar can be a fancy assembly line with labels for a party, or it can be as simple as bowls filled with your favorite ingredients in the kitchen. Each person's "perfect" taco bar will look different based on your favorite ingredients and the level of fancy you're looking for.

Meal planning with a taco bar

Does your family take part in Taco Tuesday or any other themed dinner nights? If not, then it's a fun way to meal plan and incorporate new flavors into a dish that can be a standby. Blackened halibut, chicken, ground beef, etc. The sky is the limit. Not feeling adventurous in the meat department? Consider some gourmet salsas - watermelon sriracha, strawberry mango habanero or pomegranate pear - in addition to your old standbys and guacamole.

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A great selection of salsas can add pizzazz to your taco bar.

The best part about a taco night (which incidentally, isn't limited to Tuesday), is that it's a great way to serve meals to picky eaters. Have one kid that doesn't eat cheese, and another that won't touch lettuce? If you have a taco bar, this isn't an issue, and you can still have all of your favorite ingredients while still making your family happy. The same rule of thumb flies when hosting a get-together.

You no longer have to worry about meeting everyone's special dietary needs with a single dish, because you're serving individual ingredients. Make sure to have corn tortillas in addition to flour, in order to provide a gluten-free option. Deconstructed meals are all the rage in high-end restaurants, so you'll be joining the ranks of high-end chefs as you offer your kids some control over their food, and save time from dishing up time-intensive meals.

Building the perfect taco bar

When you're planning a gourmet taco bar, consider including:

    • shredded chicken, cooked with taco seasoning (or not)

    • seasoned ground beef

    • blackened salmon or halibut

    • black beans, kidney beans, and/or refried beans

    • selection of shredded cheeses

    • tomatoes

    • diced onions

    • cilantro

    • shredded lettuce

    • jalapenos

    • sour cream

    • guacamole

    • a variety of salsas - pico de gallo, restaurant style, and maybe a gourmet option or two

    • selection of taco and hot sauces

    • flour and corn tortillas

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You and your guests will enjoy the perfect taco from your taco bar.

The best part of a great taco bar is that outside of some great kitchen knives and some nice kitchenware to serve the ingredients, and you've got a great meal for your family and friends. Ready to get started, but need some great knives to dice your salsa or jalapenos perfectly? Browse our selection of kitchen knives! We've got the knives and serving ware covered, so all you have to do is prep, eat, and enjoy!