The great thing about Taco Night is that it's totally flexible and completely up to you. Your must haves are tortillas or taco shells, a filling (meat, beans, veggies) and a variety of toppings. It doesn't hurt to have some extra sides as well.
What you need
To make things easier for you, here's a list of some suggested ingredients:
- Hard Taco Shells
- Soft Corn or Flour Tortillas
- Meat (Beef/Pork/Chicken/Seafood)
- Beans (black beans, refried beans)
- Cheese (shredded, crumbled)
- Pico de Gallo/Salsa
- Green Chiles
- Sour Cream
- Pickled onion
- Lime wedges
- Hot Sauce
There are so many different meats you can add to your tacos. Here are a few popular ones!
Al Pastor - Pork shoulder that is cooked on a vertical rotisserie and often served with pineapple
Carne Asada - Grilled steak that is sliced thinly, flank steak and skirt steak are commonly used but you can also use striploin, tenderloin, or rib steak
Carnitas - Mexican slow-cooked, pulled pork. Pairs great with something pickled such as pickled onion or pickled cabbage as well as something sweet like a mango salsa
Pescado - Grilled or deep fried fish. Often served with cabbage or lettuce, pico de gallo and a creamy sauce.
Pollo - Pollo means chicken and when it comes to tacos, it is usually marinated, grilled, then cut into chunks. Tinga is braised chicken that is shredded.
Taco Night Tips
Make it Family Style
Set out all the ingredients and let everyone assemble their tacos just the way they like them. This also makes it easier for you!
Keep Tortillas Warm
Nobody likes a cold tortilla, you'll want fresh and warm tortillas throughout dinner and not just during the first round. The best way to do this is to wrap small stacks of tortillas in foil and keep it in the oven at a low temperature.
Sides & Pairings
While tacos are the main event, you don't want to forget about having some sides as well. Maybe a cheesy rice, some chips & dip, or even a Mexican-inspired grilled corn salad
If you want to try something different, try out these recipes: