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10 Essentials for the Ultimate Family Taco Night

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We love taco night. There is something about a little bit of Mexican flair at the dinner table that puts everyone in a more festive mood. With our kids we don’t do anything too out-there, and with taco night you really don’t have to. We just serve up our favorite beef tacos and all the fixings, and we have fun.

Because everyone at our table likes different toppings, I find that the absolute best thing to do is put each ingredient in a separate bowl and serve the spread buffet-style. This way, people can pick and choose their taco toppings as they like.

I love seeing what people come up with! Here is how I throw our family taco party. What are you waiting for? Throw your own tonight!

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    10 Essentials for the Ultimate Family Taco Night
  • Guacamole 2 of 11
    Guacmole

    A little guacamole goes a long way! I usually put out about 3 - 4 tablespoons in a small bowl with a spoon for topping tacos. I prefer to use homemade guacamole if possible, but the fresh, store-bought version always works in a pinch!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Green Onions 3 of 11
    Green Onions

    The green and white parts of green onions add a delicious crunch to a taco. We love putting them on at the very end of topping our tacos. These crunchy veggies are not for everyone, but I recommend having them on the table because they are always welcome!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Salsa 4 of 11
    Salsa

    Never forget the salsa! We prefer medium-spice salsa because it really gives the whole meal a kick. But those who don't want much heat might prefer mild salsa. I always put out a jar and keep another nearby in case we run out.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Shredded Cheese 5 of 11
    Shredded Cheese

    Another favorite of my family's is Mexican shredded cheese! This topping is an absolute must for every taco party. Be sure to pick up a Mexican cheese blend because the combination of flavors is essential to any good taco.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Sour Cream 6 of 11
    Sour Cream

    I steer clear of heavy sour cream, but my husband swears by it! As a compromise I use low-fat and put a little bit on my taco too. Be sure to serve it with a spoon because you can't dollop it with your hands.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Shredded Lettuce 7 of 11
    Shredded Lettuce

    I always put some shredded lettuce on the table because we all need a little green in our meal. I like the way lettuce is the perfect cooling, watery crunch to complement the heavier, spicy beef.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Set It All up Buffet-Style 8 of 11
    Taco Party Buffet

    All of our toppings are set up like this in the middle of the table. This way people can reach everything they want!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Taco Shells 9 of 11
    Taco Shells

    Good taco shells are key! I always wrap them in paper towels and microwave them for about 20 seconds to make them more pliable before I fill them.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Start with the Beef 10 of 11
    Tacos to Top

    I fill the taco shells about 1/2 full with the beef. Then I leave the rest of the room for layering toppings. (A pro tip: These Old El Paso Stand 'N Stuff Taco Shells are handy for easy filling!)

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Enjoy! 11 of 11
    Top the Tacos

    I filled my taco with lettuce, salsa, cheese, guacamole, and sour cream! Yum! We also served some fresh August corn alongside.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

     

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