Did you know that the average hard-core taco fan eats around 7.3 tacos a month (does that number seem low to you too)? In addition, they typically love spicy food, they’re a dog person, and they probably identify as an extrovert.
Even if that’s not you, 95 percent of Americans like tacos, and the other five percent probably just haven’t met the right taco. If you’re planning your next taco Tuesday, there are a few things you’ll need for the perfect taco night.
Keep reading to find out what taco night essentials you need.
Store-bought ingredients will work in a pinch for your taco bar; however, if you really want to elevate your taco night, you need recipes for the essentials. While this will take a little more time, your mouth will thank you.
Homemade tortillas are just better than store-bought ones. Try some homemade flour tortillas with a good tortilla flour mix.
If you’re gluten-free, you can even find a recipe for corn tortillas that will outshine any store-bought tortilla.
What kind of taco meat filling do you prefer? According to one survey, the top choice for taco meat is carne asada, with 26 percent of Americans preferring it.
However, the other choices didn’t fall far behind:
- Barbacoa (24 percent)
- Chicken (18 percent)
- Carnitas (7 percent)
- Veggies (4 percent)
However, in a twist, another survey found the chicken to be the number one, so you might want to have different options if you’re inviting friends over. But, if you want to stick with the 27 percent that love carne asada www.recipeworkbook.com has a great recipe to try.
Pico de Gallo
Store-bought salsa doesn’t even compare to homemade pico de gallo. While it might seem like a lot of work, it’s actually quite simple.
You will need cilantro, tomatoes, and onions. Chop them up and mix them, and boom, you’re done. You can add some lime and other seasonings as well.
If you have a sweeter tooth, try a homemade mango strawberry salsa. This is an easy one to toss together with strawberries, mango, cilantro, red onion, and lime juice.
Your taco bar isn’t complete without all of the fixings. You can get super creative with your toppings if you want. Some common favorites include:
- Black Olives
- Black Beans
- Taco sauce
What are you going to have on the side? This can be as simple as tortilla chips. However, you can also do grilled peppers, rice, and refried beans.
Taco Night Drinks
If you’re sober, there are some great mocktails you can make to enjoy with your tacos. Or, pair your tacos with your favorite drink.
However, if you’re looking for something a little harder, the question comes down to beer or margaritas. Most participants in the taco surveys agree that margaritas pair best with tacos.
But, if you want to play it safe, it doesn’t hurt to offer both options.
Let’s Give Them Something to Taco About
Are you ready for a great taco night? Make your shopping list and head to the store to prepare for your next taco Tuesday.
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