Taco Bar Side Dishes

These Taco Bar Side Dishes are crowd pleasers!
Spice up your Taco Tuesday with these side dish recipe ideas!

taco bar side dishes

Who doesn’t love a good Taco Bar?! I sure do!!

Taco Bars have been an absolute staple in my life. 

For years, we’ve hosted wedding showers, parties, family gatherings, etc all centered around Quick and Easy Pulled Pork Chalupa. For any party, taco night is always a GREAT idea!

Whenever people ask “What is that?” I answer: “It’s the ultimate taco night.” 

Many, many evenings have been spent eating big platefuls of bean chalupa with all the toppings! Plates piled high with what resembles taco salad – but it’s an easy way to allow everyone to make their taco bowl exactly how they want it!

taco bar side dishes

Quick & Easy Pulled Pork Chalupa is the ultimate party dish since you can make it in the crockpot, make it ahead of time, and freezes beautifully. It’s juicy, tender pulled pork with pinto beans and lots of cumin and chili powder! Green chilis help give it a little spice, without being overpowering. Bean Chalupas are filled with super simple ingredients, but packs a major flavor punch! It’s a great option for a crowd in that it feeds 12-20 without blinking an eye.

This is a simple recipe for Game Day or tailgating, too!

Best part?! Just add everything to your slow cooker, lay everything out, and let your people serve themselves whenever they want.

You can ask your guests to bring all kinds of taco toppings and just have a grand time together around the table. 

quick and easy pulled pork chalupa taco bowls

Planning a Taco Bar

This is one of the most helpful things when planning a Taco Tuesday Party! Ask your people to bring something! There is no need for you to do all the work. Give your people specific items to bring, and then have the serving “vessel” labeled and ready to go when they arrive!

taco bar party

Of course, if you need a good Ground Beef Taco Recipe, this one is a winner. I love filling the taco shells and placing them in the middle of the table for the main course of any taco party! People reach in and grab a taco, add their own toppings and get to eating!

When I’m meal planning, I’ll make up another round of taco meat and freeze it for later.

Need some Taco Topping Ideas?

Taco Topping Ideas:

  • Black Beans
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Shredded Romaine Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions – I prefer vidalia over red onion, but whatever you have it great!
  • Grilled Corn
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Cotija Cheese
  • Black Olives
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Jalapenos or any other spicy peppers you like!
  • Fresh lime – a squeeze of lime juice just makes any taco sing!

You might be wondering, Ash, you didn’t list salsa! That’s a whole category unto itself!

Let’s talk about the salsa, friends! They act not only as an appetizer, but a topping for your taco bar. So, be sure to have plenty, and copious amounts of crispy tortilla chips ready!

Salsa Ideas for a Taco Bar:

Creamy Guacamole is a must!

This Easy Guacamole Recipe from Balancing Motherhood is so delicious!

restaurant style salsa

Fresh & Zesty Salsa from The American Patriette is just so so good! It’s like the one you get in the Mexican restaurant, which is super smooth, and not chunky!

Watermelon Salsa from Running in a Skirt is the different salsa you want on your taco bar! It’s sweet and tart, and pairs perfectly with salty tortilla chips!

Easy Black Bean Salsa with Corn

Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salsa are great – and this recipe adds in some avocado for a creamy mouthfeel that is next-level delicious!

Layered Mexican Dip with Tortilla Chips

Mexican Layer Dip is also a *must-have* for taco bar ideas!

Everyone makes their own burrito bowls with soft tortillas or classic chips, and having a good choice of salsas is always a winner!

Need a super simple dish to bring to a party? Layout three kinds of salsa on a board, then pack in as many tortilla chips as you can. It’s a great way of adding to the meal, it looks great, but was super easy to assemble! << My kind of thing!

Taco Bar Side Dishes

Now, let’s chat about all the taco bar side dishes you could offer! There is a LOT you could choose from, this doesn’t mean you have to include them all. ((Wow! What a fun taco night that would be!!)

Here are the usual taco sides, that you can assemble more than cook:

Refried Beans

Fresh Corn – especially if it’s right out of your garden, in the middle of summer!

No Mexican meal is complete without Easy Spanish Rice Recipe – made with chunky tomato salsa, cilantro, and cumin! It’s a delightful taco bar side dish idea for any night of the week!

Finally, give any of these amazing Taco Bar Side Dishes a try!

Taco Bar Side Dishes

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