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We absolutely love inviting friends and family in to our home, and when we get together with our loved ones, we love to eat! I enjoy putting together yummy food for everyone to enjoy, but I also like to keep things as simple and stress-free as possible. During the summer months, we give our outdoor grill quite the workout, but as the cooler weather blows in, we gather indoors and share some of our favorite comfort foods! One of my favorite go-to ideas is to throw together a Taco Party Bar, and thanks to Wal-mart and Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese, I was recently able to do just that!
Not only is this Taco Party Bar perfect for festive gatherings, but it also makes for a fun (while still super simple!) weeknight meal for your family!
How to Create a Taco Party Bar
While my kiddos are napping, I prep the ingredients…
…and when everything is ready to go on this cute tray set I found while out thrifting one day, I cover each section with plastic wrap, stack them up, and toss them in the fridge! (While I can’t seem to locate a link for my exact set, I love this 5-Piece Set by Fiesta!) When it’s time for dinner, I pull each section out of the fridge, arrange them on my lazy susan, and dinner is served!
Our Go-To Family Recipe:
2 lbs. of Ground Beef
Romaine Lettuce (or Spinach Leaves)
Step One: Brown 2 lbs. of ground beef.
Step Two: To the ground beef, add a taco seasoning of your choice.
Step Three: Serve the ground beef on a taco shell with cheese, lettuce, and sour cream piled high on top of the meat!
If I’m hosting a large gathering, I prepare a larger amount of ground beef (or chicken) and keep it warm in the Crockpot.
Cheese, Lettuce, and Sour Cream are a must, but we also love to include these fun ingredients (depending on what we have on hand at the time):
whole black beans or refried beans
tomatoes and/or salsa
avocado or guacamole
Sometimes we simply toss together all of the toppings and make yummy taco salads; but my crew usually prefers to stuff soft tortilla shells to the brim and chow down like there’s no tomorrow, and when hosting a gathering, that’s usually the way to go!
If your family and friends love this style of food as much as mine do, this Taco Soup topped with Mexican cheese is also a great option! When I make it ahead of time, freeze it, and then simply warm it in my Crock Pot on the day I need to serve it, the prep is even easier!
With the holidays just around the corner, have you considered a themed gathering? For example, one Christmas Eve, we partied with Italian food…Another year we celebrated with Mexican food, and this Taco Party Bar is the perfect way to serve a host of friends and family – whether you are entertaining five people or fifty! Just make sure to buy enough cheese…that is the topping we love most!
What are your favorite recipes for bringing loved ones together around your table? Share them over on This Little Home of Mine’s Facebook Page!
Also, be sure to check out more delicious cheese recipes at Kraft. You may just discover a new favorite!