Who says backyard parties can only be cookouts!
For your next party, why not let your guests make their own tacos? The options are endless, and each taco isn’t too big, so people can try a bunch of different flavor combo’s.
This type of party is also a fun way to get kids involved, as most children will eat (or at least try) new foods when they’re helping out or creating it themselves.
To give people enough room to make their creations, set up three long banquet-style tables with matching tablecloths. The first table is for what you’ll need to eat with: plates and silverware rolled up in a napkin. Don’t forget your shells! Put some Old El Paso® taco shells or flat tortillas in baskets so that they’re easy to access. Make sure to wrap the flat tortillas in clean kitchen towels to keep them warm and soft.
Your second table is for the fillings. Ground beef is standard, but for more fun options, you can go in for a couple more, such as pulled pork, ground turkey or even a spicy sausage like chourico. And you can fire up the grill if you like, for grilled fish, flank steak, chicken or vegetables. The best part is, these can all be made ahead of time and reheated before guests are served.
On the third table, lay out your toppings: guacamole, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream, black olives, beans, chopped onions or Spanish-style rice. You don’t need all of these things, but the more the better — along with a couple of kinds of salsa. My kids like to have crushed Doritos on top too.
Fresh toppings are always a hit at parties, here are some great guac and salsa recipes that your guests will love:
With all these taco combo’s, your guests can have a variety of different tacos to satisfy their appetite.
You can also make the event into a taco “cook-off”. During dinner, have one of the older kids ask guests what type of taco they created and write it down, waitress-style. The children can then tally up the creations and do a survey of what the crowd thinks was the best-tasting taco.