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DIY Taco Bar

DIY Taco Bar, Tacos, Ashley Renee, The Pike Place Kitchen

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Taco’s aren’t just for Tuesday’s and chips and guac don’t only have a place at margarita happy hour. Taco’s are a great vehicle for lots flavors and a variety of fillings. From meat heavy to vegetable centric, a Do-It-Yourself Taco Bar is a great party idea to gather all your foodie friends, whether they are meat lovers or vegan. We’ve outlined a great way to throw a seamless DIY Taco Bar with great ideas for filling, toppings, and sauces.

Setting Up a Taco Bar

First, setting up your taco bar is essential. Planning your table allows for optimal taco building!

Ashley from The Pike Place Kitchen sets her DIY taco bar up with each item in its own bowl. This is a great way to not only display all the yummy parts for a taco you have made, but also ensure no ingredients get mixed up. We also suggest setting up your taco bar with a progression of building your taco. Start with a set up of taco shells, then your filling, then your slaws or toppings, and lastly any sauces to pack that extra punch!

After you have how to set-up your taco bar down pat, it’s time to get cooking those fillings.

Delicious Taco Fillings

From the traditional ground beef to fusion cuisine inspired recipes, the choices for what to make for you taco fillings is endless. Creating a variety of fillings for your taco bar is a great way to ensure all are happy and full!

Claire from The Realistic Nutritionist loves to fill her tacos with salsa chicken. This is a great Mexican inspired filler, full of flavor from delicious tomato salsa.

DIY Taco Bar, Nina Olsson, Tacos

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But perhaps chicken isn’t your thing and you want to go the plant based route. Nina from Nourish Atelier has got you covered. Her spicy vegan taco filling is veggie friendly, packs some great heat, and is super delicious!

Some other great Taco filling ideas include Grilled Fish Taco’s for a light summer party, Caramelized Pork Tacos for a mouthwatering meat lovers filling, or Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos for a little Asian flair.


Once you’ve decided on the filling (whether one or all, we won’t judge!) it time to get cooking on the toppings.

Flavorful Taco Toppings

Fun toppings help add great flavor and texture to your tacos. Whether a slaw or pickled vegetables, adding topping is a fun element to add to your taco bar.

To go with a more traditional Mexican flavored filling, try Jalapeno- Cilantro Pickled Corn, Easy Sweet and Spicy Mexican Cole Slaw, or Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw.

For a bit more flavor adventure try adding Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw, Mango Slaw, or Vietnamese Style Pickled Carrots.
Once you nail down your ultimate filling and topping flavor combinations, it’s time to tie together your tacos with a delicious sauce.

Amazing Taco Sauces and Salsas

Finally, your taco isn’t complete without a sauce. Whether salsa, guacamole, or something a little more adventurous is your choice, a sauce ties your taco all together.

Going with a traditional Guacamole is for sure to be a winner, but you can try a little spin with this Italian Guacamole recipe.

Salsa are another great go-to sauce for Tacos. Whether a traditional Salsa recipe, Pico De Gallo, or a little spin with Corn and Black Bean Salsa, salsa’s are a great sauce.

If you aren’t going for the typical taco bar, trying finishing your taco with a Creamy Tomatillo Ranch, a Lima Bean Salsa, or a Chile de Molcajete for a spicy bite.
Planning a DIY Taco Bar party is a great interactive atmosphere is gather friends and family for a fun-filled food evening. Taco’s aren’t just for Tuesday’s anymore- enjoy these recipes for your next Taco party anytime!


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