10 Top Tips for Taco Night

Who doesn't love a taco bar?

Whether you're getting together with a few friends or making a weeknight dinner at home with your family, it's easy to spice it up. In fact, here are a few tips and hints for having a fun fiesta any night of the week!

10 Tips for Your Taco Bar

  1. Magic Taco Chicken. Make juicy shredded chicken (or pork) in your slow cooker with this cantina-style seasoning. Keep it handy in your freezer, so you can grab and reheat it in minutes for tacos, enchiladas or nachos – especially on busy weeknights!

  2. Personalize-Your-Own-Toppings Tray. Have kiddos or picky eaters in your house? Set out a build-your-own-taco bar with a variety of fresh toppings like:

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    - diced tomatoes
    - sour cream
    - picante sauce or salsa
    - fresh cilantro
    - shredded lettuce
    - chopped avocados
    - sliced black olives
    - shredded cheese

  3. Double-Duty Tropical Salsa. Did you know that you make your own fruit salsa in seconds? Just mix ¼ cup Simply Salsa™ Mix Mix with 20 ounces crushed pineapple with juice (or use pineapple tidbits if you like a chunkier texture like I do).

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    Serve with tortilla chips, or try it as a sweet, slightly spicy topping for fish or chicken tacos.

  4. Protein-Packed Picks. Black beans and quinoa are extremely high in protein, making them a perfect side dish – or even the main ingredient for meatless tacos.

  5. Carb & Calorie Cutters. Trying to make healthy choices? Dollop plain Greek yogurt onto your tacos in place of sour cream, or swap out your usual corn or flour tortillas with lettuce cups. (Personally, I love Bibb lettuce, since the leaves are so tender and they typically store well in the fridge.)

  6. Getting Out of Your Shell. Remember, you can make taco salads or burrito bowls instead of using traditional taco shells, too. It's an easy way to encourage everyone to eat more veggies!

  7. Easy, Breezy Margaritas. Ready to say adios to a long day? Just add 1½ cups tequila and 6 cups warm water to Prickly Pear Margarita Mix for crisp, refreshing margaritas. Keep an extra bucket ready in your freezer for last-minute entertaining with your favorite señors or señoritas, too.

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    Not a tequila fan? Substitute vodka or rum instead. I love to make mine with 1 cup Parrot Bay coconut rum and ½ cup triple sec for a beachy twist!

  8. Load of Limes. Adding a squeeze of fresh lime juice adds a burst of bright, fresh flavor to chicken, pork or shrimp tacos – plus, it will keep your guacamole or chopped avocados from turning brown. Sliced limes are always great for garnishing cocktails or infusing ice water, too.

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  9. Nacho Average Queso. Inviting a few friends over for dinner? Don't forget the chips and queso. Just melt 16 ounces. cubed, processed American cheese over low heat and stir in a jar of Corn, Black Bean Salsa. (For a heartier version, add ½ pound browned ground beef.) Keep the queso warm and ready to serve in a small slow cooker.

  10. Love Your Leftovers. If you have any extra taco meat or toppings, put away those leftovers for tomorrow. We'll often pile them on tortilla chips (or even over crispy, baked tater tots) for loaded nachos the next night. So quick and easy!
Taco pizza is a delicious way to make the most of those extra toppings, too!

Let's Taco-Bout It!
Now what are YOUR tips for taco night? Tell us in the comments below, or share your tips with us on Facebook. We'd love to hear about your family's favorites!

Adios, mi amigos!
- Jen

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