These tips and easy recipes will help you create your own taco board for Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, or your next Mexican-themed party. It comes together quickly and the variety of fresh toppings make it a crowd-pleaser. Fun, festive, and budget-friendly!
The food board craze doesn’t seem to be going away, and I’m here for it!!! Such an easy way to host any gathering, and there is always something for everyone. Today I’m sharing some tips and quick recipes for you to create an amazing taco board! Not only is it pretty, but also loaded with nutritious ingredients.
Tammy’s Tips For Creating Your Own Taco Board
I created this as an appetizer board or for a small dinner party. You can customize it any way you like. If you want to use it for a larger dinner party, you can use the board for your tortillas and toppings. Add larger bowls of meat and side dishes next to the board to create a taco bar.
Tortillas and Toppings
The best part of a taco board is all the amazing ingredients that go in the taco. I’ve listed my favorites with a few tips.
- Tortillas – I recommend using mini/street-size tortillas. They are the perfect size for a taco board. When I don’t make my own tortillas, I like Mi Rancho Organic Corn Taco Sliders, which I’ve purchased at Natural Grocers and Whole Foods. They have organic white corn, organic yellow masa flour, a trace of lime, and organic guar gum. Much better ingredients than most tortillas on the market that are loaded with highly processed ingredients. Be sure to read the ingredient labels.
- Meat – Ground beef tacos are my favorite! I use organic grass-fed grass-finished beef. I keep it simple and season the beef with garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin and then cook it with some diced onion and garlic.
- Corn – I do a spin on elote that is quick, easy, and has amazing flavor. Saute frozen corn and a little diced red onion in some avocado oil and butter until it just starts to brown. Add some cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and a drizzle of honey. Stir in about a tablespoon of avocado mayo and top with queso fresco or cotija cheese and serve. You can also just use some heated frozen corn or omit it altogether.
- Refried Beans – Check out my easy, slow cooker recipe for refried beans. They taste so much better than canned. If you don’t have time to make your own, it’s easy to add some of your own seasonings to canned beans to doctor them up. Just be sure to read the ingredient label on the beans and avoid hydrogenated oils. You can also substitute black beans for the refried beans.
- Shredded Lettuce
- Chopped Tomatoes
- Cheese – I love queso fresco!
- Chopped Cilantro
- Sliced Jalapenos
- Salsa – Remember to read the label. Look for brands that use whole ingredients with no added sugar.
- Limes – So yummy to squeeze on your taco and a great filler for empty spots on your board.
- Chopped Red Onion
- Sour Cream
- Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce – This sauce is so yummy, and it takes just a few minutes to make. See my recipe at the end of the post. You can also substitute guacamole or sliced avocado.
The Board and Serving Pieces
I used this Oversized Carved Wood Tray by Hearth and Hand Board that I purchased at Target. It was just the right size. I like that it has large handles for carrying the board and raised edges so your toppings do not fall off. You could also put a lazy Susan under the board so that guests can rotate it.
You will need a variety of bowls, ramekins, and spoons for your taco board. If you’re creating the board for guests, I recommend gathering all of your serving pieces and getting an idea of your layout a night or two before your party. This way you will not be scrambling when your guests are about to arrive.
Assembling Your Board
You can assemble all the items that do not need to be served hot first. Just be sure to save a spot for the hot items on your board. I like to place all the bowls on the board and then place the other toppings around them, varying the color. Just before you are ready to serve, add your hot items.
I hope these tips help you create the perfect taco board for your next gathering. If you create your own board, please let me know. You can leave a comment and/or a rating below, and be sure to tag me on Instagram. I love hearing from you and seeing your creations!
Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce
This creamy sauce is delish, easy to make, and so versatile. Perfect for tacos, as a dip, a dressing for salads, or a topping for meat.
- 1 avocado, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- salt and pepper
- water, as needed to reach desired consistency
Add all of the ingredients except water to food processor or blender and blend until well combined, scraping sides as needed. Add a few tablespoons of water to reach desired consistency. For a thinner sauce add more water.
We recommend using organic ingredients whenever possible.
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