Tacos are always a good idea!! Don’t you think?
I have been loving serving our family dinners on a large serving board. Placing a food board in the center of the dinner table and letting everyone snack as they please is fun and reduces the number of serving dishes you have to clean. A few dinners I have served in a board are Pulled Pork Sandwich, Spring Rolls, Grilled chicken and cob salad, and of course… Tacos!
Tacos are not only easy to prepare, but it is also a crowd-pleaser. Most of the taco toppings (if not all) you can buy at grocery stores. But if you prefer preparing your own, it is even better, and there is really no secret.
I personally prefer preparing my pico de gallo, or also called “salsa fresca”. All you have to do is dice up tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Place them in a bowl and squeeze in the lime juice and add salt and pepper. Combine well all the ingredients and let them rest for at least 1 hour. You can even prepare one day in advance, and it will taste even better!Jump to Recipe
As for the protein, I usually go more traditional with ground beef, chicken or carnitas. But you can also add fish, shrimp, or just beans. I use the grocery store spice packets to season the beef, and then I throw it in a very hot skillet and let it cook until it is browned. I like it a bit saucier, so I add a tablespoon of beef stock. That’s it!
Sometimes I add soft tortillas, and sometimes the hard shells. You can pick one or add both to your board. There is no right or wrong! Just make sure to add the tortillas and/or taco shells as the last item to the board. I keep them in the oven and bring them to the table when I am ready to serve.
I have listed below some of my favorite Taco Toppings:
– Pico de Gallo or salsa
– Grilled peppers
– Black Beans
– Sour cream
– Hot sauce
– Fresh cilantro
And follow these easy tips to create your board:
– Choose a large food board.
– In small bowls, add your favorite toppings: cheese, guacamole, black beans….
– I like to serve hot items, like grilled peppers and tprotein in cast-iron dishes. They come from the stove directly to the board, and it will keep it warmer for a long time.
– Add the tortillas and/or taco shells as the last item.
– Add jalapeno and cilantro to finalize!
Once your board is assembled, you and your family are ready to dig in!
Pico de Gallo
- 3 medium tomatoes (diced)
- 1/2 medium onion (diced)
- 1 jalapeno pepper seeded (diced)
- 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
- 1/2 lime (lime juice)
- Salt and Pepper
- In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and the chopped cilantro.All the lime juice and season to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1-hour.