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Family dinner night: Taco bar

Creating a make-your-own taco bar is an easy way to entertain any time of the year. Just set out a variety of fillings and toppings so that your family and friends can have the exact type of taco they love best.

taco bar

The base

There are a variety of bases to use for a taco, from crispy, flat-bottomed taco shells to soft, flour tortillas. Keep the shells and tortillas warm in the oven until everything is set out and ready.

taco filling

The filling

You can fill the taco with all sorts of things — just use your imagination. Maybe you’d like to try sliced corn dogs or hot dogs?


  • Seasoned ground beef
  • Barbecue beef
  • Grilled or poached chicken breast
  • Pulled pork
  • Popcorn fish
  • Popcorn shrimp


  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Eggplant
  • Scrambled egg
  • Seasoned grilled vegetables



Although cheese is a traditional topping, there are a wide variety of cheeses to choose from. Smoked Edam, cheddar, pepper jack, bleu — just take your pick. Don’t be afraid to try new things.

Other toppings include:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Onions
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Sour cream



Arranging the serving dishes is the fun part. This is a good time to use all of those cute, vintage bowls and Depression, glass teacups. This is a great time to use those mid-century relish dishes and condiment holders. Put one ingredient in each serving dish and add a spoon.

Make sure you have lots of napkins on hand!

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