On the last night of a recent visit with my parents, I wanted to treat them to a great home cooked meal. When they visit, we do a lot of going out to eat and ordering in, but on their last night its become a tradition that I make them a meal we can all enjoy (it also helps to distract from how sad I am to say goodbye).
This visit I made my Slow Cooker Pineapple Chipotle Tacos and because all but a few minutes of this recipe is hands free time in the crockpot, it freed me up to have about 30 minutes before dinner to make a fun taco bar.
Having a taco bar has become one of our new favorite meals. It creates a laid back and really social atmosphere. It’s fun to see what everyone likes to put on their tacos and you might end up trying something new – like my husband who tried some cilantro on his tacos and loved it.
Everyone assembles their own tacos and includes what they like and skips what they don’t. This can be a great idea for serving people following various diets.
If you have people over who enjoy standard flour tortillas, you can serve those alongside some grain-free plantain tortillas or gluten-free crispy corn tortillas. Everyone can have something that suits them.
Here is what we serve at our taco bar:
Making your own is so, so easy, If you’re short on time, you can also grab a tub from the store. Our favorite brand is Wholly Guacamole, because it has a nice clean list of ingredients with no added junk.
Squeezing fresh lime over tacos is the ultimate finishing touch. It’s bright and tart flavor brings together all of your ingredients and just makes everything taste that much better.
Sriracha and or/Hot Sauce
We love sriracha and hot sauce in our house, so we always have a variety to serve with meals. For those on a Whole30, you may need to skip the sriracha (most brands have added sugar), but Cholula original and our new favorite Louisiana Hot Sauce are both compliant. From a few drops to a whole lotta heat, everyone can choose how hot they want their tacos.
Seriously, if you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know I have fresh cilantro at my taco bar. I love to pick up a bouquet of fresh cilantro and I always go for the one that is the most fragrant. To me, the stronger the smell – the better the taste.
When we’re serving these Pineapple Chipotle Tacos, we always serve them with caramelized pineapple. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the recipe. The flavor or caramelized pineapple is out of this world and is perfectly complimented by all of the flavors listed above.
We usually have flour, gluten-free crispy corn shells and an option for anyone who is grain-free. For grain-free we love using butter lettuce or cabbage leaves. If I have a little extra time, I will make these one-ingredient Plantain Tortillas from Wicked Spatula. They will give you that excuse you’ve been needing to buy a tortilla press.
Speaking of Wicked Spatula, my girl Lauren is the queen of margaritas. If you’re looking to liven up the beverage menu at your taco bar, you need to check out her amazing margarita recipes at her site. See them all here.
Cheese (if you tolerate dairy)
To set up our taco bar, we used a large metal tray that we typically set on top of our couch ottoman to put drinks on. I put it in the middle of the table and we passed everything around, assembled our tacos and enjoyed every minute of it. You can simply throw everything on the table or use a buffet, kitchen island or a rolling cart for your taco bar. Any space will do!
I hope you have fun setting up your taco bar! Is there anything else you would add to the toppings I’ve mentioned? Make sure to share your idea in the comments below ♥.
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