Easy Taco Salad Recipe

Set-up a Taco Salad Bar to Serve a Crowd

Believe it or not a taco salad bar is an easy, interactive and fun way to throw a party!  I like to think of a taco salad as an "expanded" taco...with less mess

Check out ideas to make your taco bar deliciously different




 

Set-Up The Taco Bar for a Crowd

  • To set-up a taco salad bar, see tossed salad bar for hints.   Serve taco meat, beans and rice from the buffet table using an electric skillet or chafing dish

  • To make ahead, prepare meats, beans and rice up to three days in advance. Cover well and keep refrigerated.

  • Shred or prepare cheeses one day in advance.  Cover well and keep refrigerated.

  • To save time and energy, use shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes and cheese from your supermarket's salad bar.

  • In 1-2 serving bowls, here is the suggested order to layer the taco salad: chips, lettuce, onions, beans, if using, meat, cheese, tomatoes, olives.

  • Serve salsa and sour cream on the side  OR put taco fixings in individual bowls and allow each guest to prepare their own salad

  • Also provide crispy taco shells and/or flour or corn tortillas



Taco Meat Recipe for 50
Serves 50

13 pounds ground beef
1 pound onion, chopped
6-8 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1 1/2 quarts water

Brown beef in large pot, in batches if necessary. Drain off fat.   Add onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant.  Combine seasonings in a bowl.  Add to beef mixture and blend well.    Stir water into meat mixture and simmer 45 minutes, stirring frequently.

The Fixins

4 pounds Iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 pounds cheddar cheese, shredded
3 pounds tomatoes, diced
1 large red or white onion, finely diced or sliced into thin rounds
3-4 pounds canned kidney, black or chili beans, well drained
1 1/2 pounds chopped or sliced ripe olives, drained
1/2 - 1 gallon favorite salsa (about 4-8 16. oz jars)
32 ounce carton of sour cream
2-3 large-size packaged tortilla chips


Make It Different
To keep things interesting and sophisticated, serve a variety of meats, veggies, cheeses and sauces or salsas, such as:

Meats
Sliced ribeye or sirloin steak
Pulled pork
Minced ground chicken or turkey
Diced cooked bacon
Diced, sautéed Canadian bacon
Cooked chorizo
Italian or pork sausage
Fried or pan-seared shrimp
Roasted salmon, flaked into chunks

Cheeses
Parmesan
Blue cheese
White American
Feta

Veggies
Mixed baby greens
Baby spinach
Arugula or watercress
Grape tomatoes
Caramelized onion
Roasted zucchini, mushrooms

Sauces
Guacamole and Salsa for a Crowd
Homemade Salsa
Roasted Tomato Salsa
Corn Guacamole
Chipotle and adobo sauce
Tomatillo salsa
Melted cheese sauce
Crème fraiche
Remoulade sauce - link
Mayo and roasted garlic

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