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Build Your Own Tacos

It's so much fun to set up this "choose your own ingredients" meal for company and watch the choices and how they build their own tacos. As for the taco shells, you can make it easier on yourself by simply serving soft shells by heating the corn tortillas in a microwave tortilla warmer instead of frying them ahead in oil.


Here's a list of my favorite taco ingredients to prepare and set out. The bonus is that any leftovers can be used to make your own personal "build your own taco salads" the next day including crumbling any leftover chips into it.


  • ground beef, chicken or pork
  • jalapenos, diced
  • green chiles, diced
  • onion, diced
  • cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • lettuce, chopped
  • sour cream
  • salsa, at least two choices
  • tomatoes, diced
  • avocado, diced and tossed with lemon juice


Set everything out and let the fun begin!

Besides the taco ingredients I make corn tortilla chips by deep frying them instead of serving store bought and make a simple guacamole and con queso for an alternative dipping sauce other than just salsa. Oh, and black olives on the side to help cut the heat for the jalapeno lovers ;-)


By Deeli from Richland, WA

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

This is the way we do it too, and nobody ever turns down an invitation to join the party. We do Tacos and Burritos at the same time. They can choose either or both which is pretty much the way it goes.

Homemade iced-tea with LIME is the drink that goes best with them in my opinion, but good cold beer isn't half bad either (for the grown-ups only, of course).

Thanks for sharing yours.


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September 24, 20100 found this helpful

Sounds yummy. My kind of din-din for sure.

Thank you for sharing your recipe.


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