Taco Tuesday. Today, the alliterative phrase rolls off our tongues with ease. However, up until a few years ago, using the phrase without permission could get you into hot water. Taco Tuesday was started in the early 1980’s by Taco John’s, a food chain restaurant. Taco John’s trademarked the phrase in 1989 and vigorously defended it against unauthorized use up until 2010. Now the phrase is used liberally without retaliation.
Now that there’s no fear of a lawsuit, you can host your own Taco Tuesday for family and friends. Tacos are a staple of many Latino menus but are loved by people all around the world. Here’s five steps to help you create a memorable Taco Tuesday for any crowd.
First, you need a good stable base like the beloved soft corn tortilla to create a scrumptious taco. If corn tortillas are not your thing, there are some other options. For instance, you can use crunchy corn taco shells, flour tortillas or even lean, buttery Boston lettuce. If you are using corn or flour tortillas, you will want to warm them in a pan before serving.
Second, you need a filling. You can start with what you have in your pantry and refrigerator. You can use whole, ground, shredded, or chopped food items. Grains, canned goods or frozen food can also help create an excellent taco feast.
You can use the classic ground beef filling but you can also opt for whole items like shrimp or fish fillets. Ground turkey or pork are also good alternatives. Shredded chicken or flank steak works well, too, as does steak strips for fajita style tacos. Chopped veggies are also a great taco filling and a good option to have on the menu for your vegetarian guests.
Next, choose your toppings. Toppings make food flavorful and fun. Try to select toppings that compliment your filling with textures from creamy to crunchy. Your toppings can be fresh, pickled or cooked vegetables. Lettuce and tomatoes are standard taco fare but why not kale, spinach or corn?
And don’t forget to add velvety shredded cheese to your tacos. Asadero, cheddar, colby, monterey jack or a combination of all of them are all great options.
Last, but not least, adding a salsa or sauce will give you an extra explosion of flavor. Choose from acidic, sweet, savory, mild or spicy salsa.
Tacos are a substantial and delicious food. Adults and kids alike will enjoy gathering at the taco bar and building their own tacos from the line up of base, filling, topping and sauce.
Hosting a meal for friends at your place? Consider hiring a personal chef and transform your casual gathering into a spectacular night with a gourmet taco bar. Your personal chef can create your tacos from scratch using handmade taco made from masa or cornmeal and introduce your guests to new types of savory tacos using ingredients from around the world.
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