If you love tacos, you’ll know that there’s no limit to the taco toppings you can try. Share the love at your next function with these classic combinations.
Your office has a party coming up, and you’ve been tasked with arranging the food. Whether it’s a holiday party, a retirement party, or a celebration for hitting a set goal, this is a rare opportunity for your colleagues to let loose. No pressure, but it has to be great.
If you’re looking for a people-pleasing meal, here’s a checklist for all the taco toppings you need.
The Taco Toppings You Need for Your Next Event
Creating a great taco bar is all about options. Of course, the first step is to offer several types of meat for attendees to choose from. It’s also a good idea to offer a vegetarian option. If you have enough toppings, though, vegetarians may be able to skip a meat-like base.
On top of a few types of meat, here are the toppings you should offer:
Onions are a necessity but don’t include them in the meat preparation because not everyone enjoys them. White onions, sweet onions, red onions, and green onions all complement tacos well. You don’t have to offer all of them, but your taco bar isn’t complete without at least one.
At SOHO TACO, lettuce is not a common offering on the condiments table at our private catered events nor on the food truck, but there’s nothing wrong with that! We understand some folks out there really enjoy it in their tacos so it might be a good idea to place a fresh bowl of shredded greens out for everyone just in case.
Pico de Gallo
Diced tomatoes are a classic part of Mexican cuisine. For some extra taste, though, take it a step further with pico de gallo. This popular topping mixes diced tomatoes with chopped onions, cilantro, and some other spices.
If you’re serious about throwing a great taco party, you need to think outside the box. Pineapple might not be a traditional taco topping (in fact, it’s not something we usually offer on our own menu either), but as more and more people try it, its following grows. A common ingredient in the super popular Al Pastor Taco, it just might be a great way to add a touch of sweetness to beef or pork tacos.
Avocado or Guacamole
Guacamole is nothing new, but avocados have developed a cult following in the past few years. They have plenty of health benefits but in all honesty, people love them because they’re delicious.
Top-notch guacamole is a great addition to any taco bar. If you’re going for easy preparation, though, some simple cubed avocado will still be a crowd-pleaser.
You can’t underestimate the value of great cheese, and tacos are no exception. Many people love white queso on their tacos or with their tortilla chips. Be warned, though, that it can be a challenge to keep liquid queso at the right consistency if you’re in for a long party.
Another option is to go for shredded cheese. It might not be as exciting as white queso, but it’s far easier to manage.
Cilantro is a common herb in Mexican cuisine, and many taco chefs include it in the meat. However, cilantro is a uniquely polarizing garnish. While some people love it, it tastes like soap to others’ taste buds. Offer it as an option but make sure your guests can add it themselves if they choose to.
Some folks will want to kick up the spice level, and other just enjoy the taste of jalapeno. Either way, offer a bowl of diced jalapenos as a topping option. Some people slice the jalapeno into rings, and while it looks pretty, that can make it hard for guests who want just a touch of its unique zest.
Sometimes your taco needs something more rich and creamy, and chipotle mayo is the perfect addition. While it incorporates some delicious Mexican spices, it doesn’t add heat along with the flavor. This is an essential part of some of our classic tacos, such as our shrimp and veggie tacos, and they’re such a hit often guests ask for a ribbon of it across their carne asada, carnitas and more.
Mexican Cole Slaw
Another fun topping we don’t offer on our own menu but have seen making its rounds on the culinary circles is Mexican cole slaw. If you’ve never tried it, think of traditional coleslaw with that chipotle mayo added in. It’s the perfect way to get a zesty crunch. It makes an especially great combo when you use it to top a taco with deep-fried meat like chicken or shrimp.
Heading back to basics, sour cream is a must. Many people love the tangy taste as well as the creamy texture it adds to their tacos. For those who aren’t fans of spicy dishes, it can also take down the heat in a taco.
Depending on how large your office is, chances are you have at least one of “those” colleagues. We’re talking about the folks who pile as much spice and heat as possible onto everything they eat.
To make these people happy, don’t forget to add hot sauce to your table. You could even go all-out with a variety of spice levels and flavors.
Another taco topping with a growing following is corn salsa. Picture salsa or pico de gallo but with corn as the base vegetable instead of tomatoes. The subtle sweetness makes a great addition to any taco.
If you’re trying to take a basic taco bar to the next level, this is an essential part of the deal. Fajita-style vegetables are made of a simple mixture of colorful bell peppers and onions. The chef combines them with a unique sauce blend and stir-fries them to perfection.
Mango salsa is getting more and more popular, and the flavors go together so well that who can blame your guests for loving it? Whether your colleagues toss it onto their tacos or use it with their tortilla chips, they’ll love the colorful and tasty addition.
Black Beans Or Refried Beans
If you have vegetarians in the mix and you don’t have the budget for a meat substitute, beans are a must. They offer the protein your meat-averse guests will love, and plenty of other guests will use it as a topping as well.
Rocking Your Next Taco Party
For any type of catered event, tacos are a popular choice but they can be predictable. To bring the “wow!” factor, mix it up with the extensive list of taco toppings above. You’re sure to be the talk of the water cooler.
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