Is your weekly dinner menu even set if Taco Tuesday doesn’t make the list?
This taco toppings post is sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s time to spice up your Taco Tuesday. I am all about finding ways to simplify life. Having a standing Taco Tuesday on the schedule is one of those things that makes everyone’s day a little easier. But that doesn’t mean you need to fall into the trap of dinner monotony. Taco Tuesday has so many options, and today I am going to share a Taco Tuesday board that your whole family will love. And best part, it’s so easy to change out meats/sauces/shells to make it different week after week. So next time you are at Sam’s Club, grab Old El Paso™. Buying in bulk for something that is eaten weekly, keeps me from making unnecessary grocery runs. An even better idea, go online to samsclub.com and order to have shipped right to your home. Remember, let’s work smarter, not harder.
Growing up I never had control over my serving sizes. My parents made my plate and we were expected to eat EVERYTHING on those plates. I personally am trying to help my kids avoid the therapy needed to reverse these habits, by letting them have control over what they put on their plates and inevitably into their bodies. Now of course they are young and will make bad decisions if left without any supervision. That’s where I come in. But meal boards are such a great way to get kids to try new items, let them feel like they are “cooking” and a part of the dinner process which leads to kids feeling like they are in control and a lot of times, dinner wars are avoided. Not to mention with all the options available, you can add new items for them to try.
Dinner boards don’t have as much notoriety as their counterparts, charcuterie boards. But that’s only because we are just now venturing away from cheese, fruits, and nuts to make more substantial boards. What makes them so fun is that they are beautiful, they allow for a lot of options, which is perfect for picky kids (and husbands), easy to throw things together, and easy to clean up. Not to mention, they just make group dinners more enjoyable and easier for the host. So bring it outside, invite the neighbors, and call it a picnic.
How to Create a Taco Toppings Board
Things to Keep in Mind
Taco boards seem like they are hard to keep hot things hot and cold things cold. They aren’t. I like to keep my cold things in the fridge until serving time and my hot things on heat until everyone is ready for dinner. I go ahead and place my taco shells as the first layer, then build around it with olives, onions, tomatoes, cilantro etc. And once everything is ready add the hot/cold items and get ready to go.
Boards are aesthetic as well as tasty, so I like to have a wide range of colors and textures. This is why I choose red onions vs traditional white onions. Quality ingredients are key in making a great board.
- Old El Paso™ Stand ‘n Stuff Shells these were made for boards like this.
- Ground beef (or your favorite meat) with Old El Paso™ Original Taco Seasoning
- Old El Paso™ Traditional Refried Beans make a great vegetarian option or a side dish
- Red Onion
- Sour Cream
- Taco Sauce
How to Make a Taco Board
- Use a board that is seasoned for food, or lay down parchment paper if it is not food grade.
- Start with the taco shells. They are the least pliable so you can build around them
- Fill small bowls with your favorite salsa, guac, sour cream, and rice.
- Keep the items that are cool in the fridge and hot over heat. Filling in with the things that can stay room temperature.
- Once tables are set, grab the meat, beans, rice and place on the board.
- Then grab the refrigerated veggies and cheese to fill in the holes. This is when the magic happens.
Tell me, how do you like your tacos? I think next week we are going to do chicken.
What are some of your favorite taco toppings? Let me know in a comment below!