Mexican food is an extremely popular cuisine for people all over the world, specifically tacos. Sure, here in the United States “Mexican food” really means Tex-Mex classics like burritos and tacos, but you get the idea. In fact, Americans actually consume more than 4 billion tacos each year. And in 2016 about 234 million people in the United States used Mexican food and Mexican ingredients to create various dishes.
It’s obvious that people love tacos, and if you feel the same way, why not host a taco party at your next event? In order to have a successful taco bar, there are so many things you need to have on hand. Along with the drinks, the fixings, and the decorations, you need to make sure you have the perfect taco pairings to offer your guests on the side. Let’s take a look at a few of the best side dishes and ingredients to include in your next taco night.
Cheesy Corn with Chili
If you’re looking for some simple Mexican dishes, this is the perfect one for you. For something quick and easy to pair with your tacos, consider making cheesy corn with chili. THis dish is so easy because you can simply make most of it in your microwave. Just heat up a bag of frozen corn right in your microwave, and after it’s done, mix it with a little bit of milk, some shredded cheese, chili powder to taste, and a bit of cilantro. After that, you’re done!
Green Salad with Orange, Avocado, and Red Onion
Say goodbye to the standard leafy salad with ranch dressing, and hello to something perfect to pair with a main dish like tacos! All you’ll need for this delicious salad is chopped romaine lettuce, sliced avocado, red onion, and just a few other ingredients for the light dressing. The dressing is made from fresh juice squeezed directly from an orange, dijon mustard, sherry vinegar, and a little bit of olive oil. Drizzle the mixture on top of your salad and that’s it! It’s definitely something that can easily please guests and help you quickly prepare for your taco party.
Roasted Shishito Peppers
For something a little less formal and a little more hands-on, offer your guests some roasted shishito peppers! It’s the easiest crowd-pleasing appetizer you can make because all you need is two dry pints of shishito peppers, salt, and cooking oil. Put the peppers, covered in oil and salt, into a skillet and cook them until they blister. As soon as that happens, they’re good to serve! Just add a little extra salt and plate for your guests!
Tacos are great, but the side dishes and pairings can really make your party memorable. Consider some of the options above as additional taco party dishes to enjoy!