Last week we hosted a Mexican Fiesta Night for a handful of friends. We all had so much fun building our own tacos that we couldn’t help but share with you how easy it was.
Personally, I’m more than happy to do a little prep work when having people round for dinner.But only if it means I don’t have to be in the kitchen much when our friends are there. Build your own tacos was a perfect idea as there was very little to do when everyone had arrived. It was simply a case of getting the various dishes out of the fridge and heating up the slow cooked meats for 30 minutes or so.
Some of our friends are fussier eaters than us so creating a build your own, family style meal worked best. It enabled everyone to pick out the elements they liked. We just passed dishes around until everyone had a full belly and empty plates.
Here’s what you’ll need for our Build Your Own Tacos:
- Hard or soft tacos – we used a mixture of both
- Meaty fillings, we used:
- Various Salsas
- Pineapple salsa -recipe below
- Pico De Gallo -recipe below
- Shredded Lettuce
- Quick Pickled Red Onion- Recipe Below
- Grated Cheddar
- Sour Cream
Simply choose from the list above or switch things up! You could go for completely veggie fillings, or use fish instead of beef. Why not try adding a coriander and lime slaw? It’s really easy to switch out elements of this and customise it to make it your own.
For the Pico De Gallo
- 300g of tomatoes, chopped small ( can be any variety – I used cherry tomatoes)
- 1 small onion chopping into small cubes
- 1/4 of a cucumber chopped into small cubes
- Red chilli thinly chopped to taste
- A hand full of coriander roughly chopped
- 1/2 the juice of a fresh lime.
Toss the above ingredients together in a bowl.
For the Spicy Pineapple Salsa
- 1/4 pineapple (core removed), chopped into small cubes
- 1/2 a red onion, chopped into small cubes
- green chilli, thinly chopped to taste
- A handfull of coriander, roughly chopped
- 1/2 juice of a fresh lime
Combine the above in a bowl and stir to thoroughly mix all the elements of the dish together. The sweet and spicy flavours work beautifully alongside the pulled pork.
For the Quick Pickled Red Onions
- 1 red onion, thinly chopped into half moons
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 Tbs of sugar
Add the red onion to a jar. Mix together the apple cider vinegar, water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the liquid onto of the red onions into the jar. Leave for an hour or up to two weeks. Simply drain before serving.
The pickled onions added a lovely tang to both the beef and the pork and I just love having them on hand in the fridge.
The tacos were a great follow up to the Mezcal Old Fashions we welcome our friends with. Pin the image above to make these tacos in the future.