How to Throw the World’s Best Taco Party

How to Throw the World’s Best Taco Party

Let’s be real – everyone loves tacos. So why not throw a party to celebrate that fact? Read on to learn how to throw the world’s best taco party.

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Throwing the world’s best taco party is easy! This wedding reception at Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm in Goleta CA was absolutely unforgettable.

Did you know that Mexican food is the 3rd most popular menu type in the USA? There are actually more Mexican restaurants in the USA than there are Chinese kitchens, Italian bistros, chicken rotisseries, and seafood shacks.

The love affair with Mexican food has been around for so long now, that it has become a regular meal for many Americans. In fact, do you know anyone that doesn’t actually like tacos? Of course not!

If you’re ready to throw the ultimate Mexican fiesta, you’ll love this guide on how to host the worlds best taco party. So what are you waiting for? Whip out your sombrero and let’s get started!

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One of the key ingredients for hosting the most awesome taco party ever include lip licking cuisine.

Taco Party Essentials

The ingredients for hosting the most awesome taco party ever include lip licking cuisine, zesty drinks, succulent deserts, vibrant decorations all topped off with lively entertainment. And whatever you do, don’t forget the most essential item of any Mexican Fiesta…the pinata of course!

Let’s take a look at each of these key ingredients one by one.

Lip Licking Cuisine

A taco party isn’t a taco party without a taco bar! So lets “taco bout” some cool taco bar ideas.

Whether your party is for 2 or 200 people, a taco bar is a guaranteed hit. The three basic elements of a taco bar include the main, the toppings and something to hold it all together.

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The toppings could include lettuce, tomato, onion, lime slices, guacamole, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, and loads of cheese.

The main could be taco meat, charro beans, Mexican rice or other options. You could go for chicken, beef, pork or even seafood depending on your personal taste. The endless varieties of beans can serve as a great veggie option too.

The toppings could include lettuce, tomato, onion, lime slices, guacamole, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, and loads of cheese.

And of course, hard and soft shell tortillas to hold it all together.

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Add some side dishes that can either be served on or inside the taco. For instance, Spanish rice, lemon rice, black beans or refried beans.

Add some side dishes that can either be served on the side or inside the taco. For instance, Spanish rice, lemon rice, black bean mash, refried beans, Mexican corn salad and nachos of course.

Serve the variety of elements in crock pots and individual bowls. Let your guests make their own unique taco for a fun DIY twist. There really is no limit on the combinations you could come up with!

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Zesty Drinks

When you hear the words “taco party”, the first drink you think of is probably a Margarita. But that’s not the only Mexican fiesta themed drink that’ll go down well with your friends.

Dazzle your guests by serving “Flaming Lime Drops”.

Just add tequila, lime juice, triple sec and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Add a salted lime slice and a sugar cube on top. Then for the climax, set alight the sugar cube and serve your amazed guests!

If you’re worried about it turning into a fire hazard, another idea is to serve your guests a margarita with a creamy twist. Whip together creamy margarita-flavored yogurt, zesty lime, and tequila for a creamy “Fro Yo Margarita”.

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Traditional aguas frescas are a terrific addition to any great taco party.

For a non-alcoholic alternative, try an “Agua Fresca Cocktail” made with cereals, fruits, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar water. Or for a simple option, just serve watermelon or pineapple juice.

Succulent Desserts

Ice creams nachos are probably the best choice for matching your Mexican fiesta theme. It is a taco party after all!

Shape tortillas into a taco shape, bake them, then smother them with chocolate. After the chocolate has hardened in the fridge, scoop ice cream, candy sprinkles, and chocolate chips on top for a super sweet Mexican themed treat!

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No great taco party would be complete without a tantalizing dessert, like creamy exquisite leche flan.

You could even add a banana to create a banana split version. Just add cherries and whipped cream on top to mix the traditional banana split dessert with a luscious taco treat.

Vibrant Decorations

Use vibrant decorations to transform your home and garden into the ultimate Mexican fiesta. Use brightly colored pom poms, deep colored flowers in pottery vases, colorful napkins, and gaudy cushions and throws scattered around.

You can even buy Mexican party themed balloons. For instance, cactus-shaped balloons.

Give your party a tropical vibe by using wicker, rattan and woven objects and furniture. Use tropical leaves, cactus plants, and greenery as table decorations. Or create unique centerpieces with red, green and yellow peppers or just use pineapples.

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For that added festive feel, this wedding rehearsal dinner in San Luis Obispo opted for wonderfully colorful swag bags.

Serve food and drink in brightly colored mismatching bowls, plates, and cups. Add colorful straws and cocktail umbrellas to the drinks for the ultimate tropical vacation feel.

Lively Entertainment

Whether you make a Mexican music playlist or just want to play your everyday faves, keep the music chilled, yet vibrant. Or try to find something that crosses both music genres, “Despacito” by Justin Beiber anyone?


Mariachis are a perfect way to get everyone’s feet stomping at your next fiesta!

Don’t forget to mix in some salsa music for dancing! You and your mates might not be pros at the saucy salsa moves, but you can certainly have a good laugh giving it a go.

If you’re up for a few games, why not mix up traditional party games with a Mexican theme? For instance, “pass the sombrero” instead of “pass the parcel”. When the music stops the one wearing the hat is out until there is one final winner.

Don’t Forget the Piñata!

No Mexican taco party is complete without the traditional piñata. It’s true, they are mainly for kids, but adults can enjoy the pleasure too. Make sure it’s in the shape of a donkey or cactus to keep with the theme.

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Having an iconic piñata on hand will definitely add the festivities of any great taco party.

Stuff the piñata with little toys, Mexican candies and other treats to keep the kids (and adults) happy between courses.

A SpecTACOlar Mexican Party

If your friends love tacos as much as you do, they’ll love your Mexican party food ideas, refreshing drinks choices and quirky decorations. All you’ve got to do is follow these handy tips and you’ll throw the best taco party around.

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