Simple Taco Bar Party Ideas
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Simple Taco Bar Ideas for any Party

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Simple Taco Bar Party Ideas: A great and easy way to feed your guests for any event! With different toppings available, guests can make theirs exactly how they want it! Put together these simple taco bar party ideas for Cinco de Mayo, fiesta or any gathering.

Hi! My name is Bethany from Southern Couture and I’m so glad to be here on Fantabulosity today! It is my pleasure to throw this fiesta for you! 

I can’t believe Cinco de Mayo is almost here already. I love celebrating this day because Mexico tends to have a special place in my heart. My husband Mark and I honeymooned in Riviera Maya and ever since then I’m left craving tres leches cake. So much to the point that I finally decided to try making one myself, and it turned out delicious.

See one of Jessica’s Mexico trip highlights HERE!

Taco Bar Ideas for any Party

These simple taco bar party ideas are not just for Cinco de Mayo but a perfect food bar idea for any family game night, birthday parties or a fun in-home dinner to change things up a bit.

Combine a Taco Bar with a Nacho Bar Party like Jessica styled below, and you’ll be the hit of the town with your guests:

See the Nacho Bar Party HERE!

Nacho Bar Party Ideas

Taco Bar Topping Ideas

Note from Jessica: “I’ve actually created a free printable that you can print off, in case it would be easier for you to take it with you to the store while you’re shopping for ingredients! You can download it right here, or you can just check out the list of topping ideas below!”

Taco Bar Topping Ideas Printable Download

Here’s the list in case you would rather copy & paste them into your grocery shopping list! 🙂 Want an easier way to make your grocery shopping list each week? Then you HAVE to check out my FREE grocery shopping list printable that’s in my private printable library that you can get access to HERE! It’s a sanity saver!

But First, Tacos!

UPDATE: I found “But First, Tacos!” balloons while browsing online and I HAD to share them with you in case you want to spiff up your taco bar with these…

Standard Toppings for your Taco Bar:

  • Meat of choice (ground beef, chicken, fish, shrimp, pulled pork)
  • Tortilla shells (Soft or Hard)
  • Taco Salad Bowls
  • Cheese, shredded
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes or Pico (get the best recipe here!)
  • Black Olives
  • White or Green Onions
  • Jalapenos
  • Refried Beans
  • Mexican Rice
  • Salsa
  • Taco Sauce
  • Guacamole (easy and favorite recipe here!)
  • Avocados
  • Sour cream
  • Limes, sliced
  • Cilantro
  • Tortilla Chips

Fun – Out of the Box Taco Topping Ideas:

  • Romaine lettuce for wraps
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Black Beans
  • Chili Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Cole Slaw Mix
  • Roasted Corn
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Feta Cheese
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Hot Sauce
  • Red/Green Peppers
  • Tofu
  • Bacon
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Pineapple

Taco Bar Decorating and Styling Ideas

Simple Taco Bar Set-Up

I usually just start with an empty table and start building from there with a tablecloth or no tablecloth depending on how I feel. For this party, I decided on no tablecloth and to keep it simple. With the temps warming up, I moved it outdoors on our back porch for a little more fun.

Simple Taco Bar Party Ideas

Move It & Label It

I start placing all of my ingredients into different serving dishes and then place them on the table moving things around until I’m happy with the results.

To label each item (even though we know what everything is, it’s just more fun), you could also place chalkboard stickers on the table beside each dish and then write with a chalk marker what each one is.

Simple Taco Bar Party Ideas
Simple Taco Bar Party Ideas

Different Heights:

Be sure to add different heights on your table as well for not only looks but also to make it easier when guests are trying to reach for all the deliciousness. 

Would you like to use cake stands for this? I know, I love them too. Shop some of the CUTEST cake stands and serving dishes at my favorite online party store HERE!

Simple Taco Bar Party Ideas

Pops of Color:

To really add a pop of color, try making sombrero decorations made from terra cotta pots and pom-poms or even some tissue paper banners that are perfect for a fiesta.

You can find them on my blog where I shared my Cinco de Mayo Party: Decorations and Recipes. I hung some of the tissue paper banners around the table for some extra color.

Fiesta Decorations

To make things SUPER easy, you can shop the cutest fiesta decorations HERE:

Fiesta Decorations - party supplies online
Simple Taco Bar Party Ideas

Premade = Easy

And if that isn’t enough goodness, the great news about a taco bar is that you can usually just buy everything you already need premade to make your life so much simpler and just place it in serving trays if you are pressed for time.

Simple Taco Bar Party Ideas

A Couple “Must-Know” Taco Recipes

Salsa Recipe:

For my salsa, I love a good homemade salsa recipe. I actually shared my go-to homemade restaurant style salsa recipe on the blog last week. It has a special ingredient that just makes it over the top.

Simple Taco Bar Party Ideas

Guacamole Recipe:

I recommend Jessica has the best guacamole recipe. It is delicious and so easy to make. I highly recommend it!

guacamole recipe

3 Bean Salad – Mexican Style

Serve on the side, or serve on the taco bar so guests can pile this Mexican 3 Bean Salad on as a topping!

3 bean salad recipe - cilantro lime, black beans, dark red kidney beans, pinto

Then just for fun…

If you’re hosting friends, I think it would be super fun to wear this shirt that I found on Etsy, yes?!

Taco Shirt

Thanks so much for having me over for this fiesta and I hope you enjoy your Cinco de Mayo! Be sure to eat an extra taco for me too.

Want More Party Food Ideas?

Then you won’t want to miss my favorite party posts and especially my easy party appetizers post where I share my favorites!

Party Food Ideas

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Prepare for a family game night, dinner, or Cinco de Mayo with these simple taco bar party ideas that are easy to put together and yet still delicious. Come find out all you need for this fiesta.

6 thoughts on “Simple Taco Bar Ideas for any Party

  1. Laura says:

    Very neat idea..

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw, thank you Laura!

  2. Leslie says:

    Would you share where all of the neat white serving containers/trays/bowls in your pictures came from?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Leslie! I believe all of the white dishes came from different places, but I always have success with finding white dishes at Pier 1 and World Market. I hope that helps!

  3. Julie says:

    How much of the meats do you cook per person? I am planning a graduation party and about 100 guests. I saw on one site where 1# of taco meat feeds only two people! Thanks!

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Julie! I’ve never served that many, but I would guess 25-30 lbs of taco meat?? But keep in mind that guests tend to overfill their tacos, and I’m a fan of having leftovers, rather than falling short. So I tend to always buy way too much, lol. I hope you have so much fun and the graduation party is a hit!

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