We’re calling it: This is officially the summer of tacos. And not just any taco will do – we’re talking stuffed to the edge, juices running down your arm tacos—the kind so messy you only want to eat outside. Pick and choose a couple options from each of the categories below—try and grab a variety of textures and tastes—and load ‘em up on a taco for the ultimate low-fuss summer meal.
6 steps to building a bold taco
There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all taco.
1. Tortillas or taco shells
Include both soft tortillas and hard taco shells on the board, if you like. Fan them out across the board in a wave or “C” pattern to give a fluid look to the board. Be sure to heat them up first.
-sliced grilled flank steak
-sliced or shredded grilled chicken
3. Sauces and spreads
Set out bowls of creamy and chunky sauces and spreads to add a variety of textures. You can keep it basic with salsa, sour cream and guacamole, or go a little extra with flavoured cremas and salsa verde.
4. Vegetables, fruits and herbs
These add sweet, savoury, tender and crunchy elements to the board. Try grilling the fruit to add a layer of smoky, caramelized flavour, but keep it raw if super-ripe and juicy.
-grilled, sliced sweet peppers
-grilled, cubed sweet potatoes
-grilled, whole green onions
-grilled, sliced Portobello mushrooms
-halved cherry or grape tomatoes
-thinly sliced radishes
-baby greens, such as baby spinach, baby kale or baby arugula
Fruits and herbs
-sliced peaches or nectarines
5. Cheese and alternatives
You want variety here, so choose something crumbly, shredded and saucy.
-crumbled feta or cotija cheese
-shredded Monterey Jack
This is where you add personality to your tacos - think crispy, tangy, spicy additions.
-pickled vegetables, such as pickled red onions, jalapeño peppers, radishes or banana peppers
-potato or tortilla chips