Tacos are a staple in my life, my pantry and my monthly menu. It’s an easy throw-together meal and I can’t seem to resist frying up some corn tortillas. Whether I’m making tacos at home or we’re headed out to a bar down the street, called “Teqila” for some happy hour Taco Tuesday and margaritas, I can’t help but want to celebrate taco Tuesday every Tuesday. Next time you feel like having a midweek dinner party, try out a taco bar! What’s more fun than tacos, tequila and some vibrant colors to combat that midweek slump?
In the following post, I’ll dig deep into what to shop for, what to serve and what to drink! I’ll also dive a little bit into fun, easy decorations you can make yourself.
Let’s start with some meat and vegetable selections. Deciding what to serve will make things easy from the start. You can go two different ways here. My choice and favorite thing to do it buy already marinated meats from Trader Joe’s.
These two are my favorite:
I just either grill them up quickly on the BBQ or throw them in pan for a quick cook.
If you want to head for the No meat route or have vegetarian friends, then check out this super easy Grilled Peppers and Onions by Layers of Happiness
Another idea if you’re a fish taco lover is to grab a box of Trader Joe’s Breaded Cod. Throw it in the oven and boom, you have fish tacos!
Other options would be to put your choice of meat in a slow cooker or two! Here are three great slow cooker recipes for taco meat:
Once you’ve settled on the meat you want to serve, start thinking about how you want to assemble things. I would suggest setting up a table with bowls and plates to showcase each ingredient. This also allows easy access for your guests to dress up their tacos any way they want!
I found this great setup from Barefeet Kitchen:
You’ll want a variety of items out, including basic toppers like: onions, cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos and avocado. The full shopping list of ingredients can be found below!
An easy side dish would be black or pinto beans and brown rice. If you want to up your rice game, try this awesome Cilantro Lime Rice by CarlsbadCravings
With all your ideas spinning, here is a great Shopping list for food supplies to get you started!
You will need:
- Guerilla Corn Tortillas
- The meat you’ve chosen
- Shredded Cheese
- Purple Onions
- Yellow, Orange and Red Bell Peppers
- Hot Sauce
- Sour Cream
- Corn Chips
- Brown Rice
- Black Re-fried or Pinto
I use Guerilla Tortillas, because over time I’ve found them to be the best. You can serve them two ways:
Steamed in the microwave for 1 minute. Make sure to cover them with a paper towel, so they remain soft.
Fry them in hot coconut oil to make your own homemade shells. My boyfriend swears by these. They’re his favorite!
To fry tortillas:
- Heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil over med-high heat.
- Allow to get hot, but not smoking.
- Carefully place a tortilla in the pan and fry for 5 seconds.
- Turn over and fry for another 5 seconds, before folding half over into a taco shape.
- Allow to fry on both sides until light brown.
- Remove and place on paper towel to soak up excess oil
We’ve come to the best part!
What’s a Taco Tuesday without Margaritas?
You can opt for the classic Margarita. I found a great one by Happy Healthy Mama:
Jazz it up by adding fresh fruit!
Go for something different and try this Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita by FoolProofLiving
Since this is a midweek dinner party you may not want to go overboard with decor. I suggest a few colorful pom-poms made out of tissue paper.
You can find that tutorial here.
Try choosing bright colors like: pink, yellow, red, blue or orange!
Another fun idea is to make a banner with a fun saying.
“Taco bout a fiesta”
“Tequila Taco Tuesday”
Lastly, throw down a colorful table cloth or runner to add style to your taco bar.
Congratulations! You’ve created the ultimate Taco Tuesday!
Let me know how your Taco Tuesday Party went in the comments below!