It’s TACO TUESDAY Diamonds!
Tuesdays always call for tacos! Although today, that does not just mean plain old tacos already put together with only a few ingredients piled on top. The vibe for this piercingly cold winter day is to warm yourself up with the coziest, most fun, and wildly gorgeous build your own taco board! Tonight will the be the ultimate taco Tuesday night for the entire family! Setting up a dinner like this on a weeknight is something absolutely wonderful to plan to do because the idea of it leaves everyone in the family looking forward to coming home from their busy days and having a fun meal to bond over. We don’t allow any normal dinners over here in the Diamond household, so we really are obsessed with doing pleasurable things like this. Almost like what you would see at parties, but make it portionable for the number of people who live in your home.
Now I know I don’t need to teach anybody how to make tacos. It’s pretty self explanatory and everyone has grown up on this meal since childhood being it is something that is very budget friendly. However, I am going to show you how to build a very creatively arranged taco board that will be able to be used for endless taco building concoctions!
Let’s start with the most important part! THE MEAT!
- I will leave it up to you to make the final decision if you want to use ground turkey, ground beed, or ground chicken. Depending on dietary restrictions and what you prefer will decipher which direction you take. I used ground beef because that’s my favorite way to eat and serve traditional tacos.
- Obviously, you must brown your meat in a large sautee pan over medium high heat so that some pieces of the meat get a bit crusty from the caramelization process.
- Once your meat is almost fully browned, toss in your taco seasoning packet and 1/2 cup of water. If you don’t use a seasoning packet and you choose to create your own spice mix you can definitely do so using the same amount of water as if you did use a packet.
- When the meat in completely finished, just transfer it into a white or colorful serving bowl. I chose not to use a brown, or wooden bowl because I love the contrast of colors when serving food. It looks so much better in my opinion!
Get yourself a giant wooden board to load everything onto! This one actually spins so that you can reach everything from every angle! If you don’t have any sort of board at all, you can create a “bar” right on your kitchen island or counter.
I could never ever have a taco without cheese and I’m sure none of you Diamonds could either! Instead of just having one choice of cheese, I displayed two different kinds depending on which flavor profile we wanted, or how cheesy we wanted each taco to be.
- Shredded white cheddar cheese.
- Shredded taco cheese.
The rest of the toppings:
- Sour cream
- Your favorite hot salsa, or mild if you prefer.
- Thinly sliced green scallion.
- Thinly shredded iceberg lettuce.
- Small diced beefsteak tomatoes.
- Thinly sliced radish for tang and texture.
- Tender red and green butter leaf lettuces incase anybody would like to make a taco salad.
Sauce it up!
- Your favorite hot sauce! My absolute, absolute favorite is Cholula hot sauce! It really just is the BEST.
- Fire roasted tomato sauce.
- Creamy chipotle taco sauce.
- Avocado hot sauce. This is also another one of my favorites! I even use it on avocado toast. It super good!
I know some people serve their soft shells cold, but I really enjoy heating mine up! Not only do I heat them up, I love toasting them just a tad. Not even where they become crunchy at all, just enough to give off a nice toasted flavor!
- You can use any kind of tortillas you would like! I saw that there are seriously so many in the supermarket to choose from now between flour, corn, blue corn, wheat, and carb balanced ones. I think flour for tacos is the more superior choice though.
- Heat up a skillet to medium-low heat and heat one-three on a pan at once. Using a pair of tongs, flip after two minutes a side. If you leave them on any longer the tortilla will get to a texture that we do not want for making soft shell tacos.
I found these amazing “IT’S TACO TUESDAY” serving platters a few months ago and I just had to get them for days like today! My entire family fell in love with how these dishes were shaped because when you serve two, or more tacos inside they stand up right instead of having to lay your taco directly on it’s side where everything is able to fall completely out of it. They’re amazing and I highly recommend purchasing something such as these! Even though it is taco Tuesday night for the family, I want you to know that you can most definitely serve this build your own taco board for a Galentine’s party this upcoming season, or even for a Super Bowl bash! Your friends and guests will fall in love and be so appreciative of the options!