Santa Fe Taco's & a Taco Bar

Having 6 children, our life is busy..  I'm sure most parents can relate.

This is a typical 5:00 p.m. conversation...
Kids: What's for dinner Mom?
Me: I don't know! I just walked in the door.
Kids: I'm hungry. I'm really really hungry!!!


My kids LOVE tacos.. Some like all the toppings.. Some don't.  I love tacos because it's a quick meal to make.  In fifteen minutes, its done.  While the meat, onions & garlic are cooking, I chop the tomatoes & lettuce and set up a Taco Tray for the kids to make their own.  I love making a mini taco bar so everyone gets exactly what they want.

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By adding the beans & corn it stretches out the meal to make more.

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You can put tacos together in a matter of minutes.

Build your own TaylorMade Style Taco Bar
Look at these ideas: MacheMag
Taco Bars are growing more & more popular.  They are even showing up at weddings: HeidiRyder
and an incredible photographer in Florida who photographed a gorgeous Taco Bar.  Aislinn takes some of the most amazing photo's: Aislinn Kate 
A taco bar is a fun way to allow yourself time to interact with your guests, rather than having to slave away in the kitchen during most of the party. Plus, a taco bar party cuts the preparation time in half, since a taco bar party allows guests to build their own tacos. Your guest will have a fun time building their TaylorMade Taco.
Check out some of these ideas: Heirloomla
Taco Bar
FREE Party Printables from: the36thAvenue
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and I just love this FREE FIESTA Banner from iheartnaptime
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Let's Give them something to taco 'bout

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Here are some other topping ideas: black olives, scallions, jalapeños, pico de gallo, avocado, chopped onions, lime, cilantro

Santa Fe Tacos


  • 1lb ground meat (turkey, lean ground beef, etc.)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp homemade taco seasoning (recipe follows)
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • Tortillas: Corn or Flour
  • Toppings: Lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, cheese, avocado, guacamole, onions, scallions, cilantro, jalapeños, lime wedges.
  • Homemade Taco Seasoning:
  • 2 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano


  1. In a large saute pan, brown the meat. Add the onions and garlic. Cook until tender. Stir in the spices and cook for 1 min while stirring. Stir in the beans & corn. Serve with toppings
  2. Homemade Taco Seasoning: Combine all spices together, mix well. Store in an airtight container


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