Taco Bar Ideas For Kids

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A taco bar is one of my favourite family dinners. I provide a range of taco fillings and they get to decide which and how much goes on their plates from that selection.

When it comes to Taco Bar Ideas, honestly almost anything goes. I've pulled together some of my favourites but you can mix and match to build your own taco bar.

A large selection of taco toppings in and on bright colourful bowls and plates, cut vegetables, beans, mince, tortillas and condiments.

Why I love Taco Bars

  • They are fun!
  • You can use up leftovers from other meals
  • They are perfect for family style dining
  • They fit with my division of responsibility philosophy when it comes to feeding my kids.
  • Anything goes!


Taco Bar Ideas

Protein toppings

Cooked ground beef, beans, grated cheese, hard boiled eggs and hummus in bowls on a bench top with spinach leaves and lemon halves.

When it comes to protein fillings, you can of course have the traditional taco toppings but you can also get creative with what is on the table. Leftovers and side dishes from other meals can get revitalised when you serve them as a taco filling. Don't panic if your kids don't choose the more traditional fillings like beans, fish or steak, they can still get their protein requirements at the meal with things like cheese, hummus or eggs.

Vegetable fillings

Colourful crescent shaped bowls filled with cut vegetables arranged in a circle on a round wicker tray, with  separate bowls of onion slices, spinach leaves, coleslaw and cubed sweet potato on a bench top.

Any vegetables make great fillings for tacos, and they don't necessarily have to be fresh. Canned or frozen corn is awesome, or leftover cooked vegetables or salads from a previous nights dinner can be great too.

Sauces, Dips and Condiments

Ramekins and open jars for guacamole, sour cream, salsa, chilli oil and mayonnaise on a bench top with lemon and spinach leaves.

Tacos are better with sauces I reckon! My kids' don't love overly spicy foods at this stage, so I use condiments and hot sauces to add some extra chilli and flavor to the tacos I make. My kids are happy with the basics, mayonnaise, sour cream and on some occasions a little tomato sauce/ketchup.

Tortillas & Tortilla Alternatives

  • Flour tortillas
  • Corn tortillas
  • Taco shells
  • Taco bowls
  • Wraps, flat breads
  • Tortilla chips, corn chips
  • Tostidas
  • Rice
A stack of flour tortillas topped with a garnish of coriander on a wooden chopping board.

Use which ever tortillas you prefer, soft, crunchy, flour, corn it's all good! Or branch out and serve taco bowls with rice, or have a nacho bar and have corn chips instead.


Top Tips

Here is how you can make the best family friendly taco bar!

  • Include a selection of proteins, vegetables and condiments. Have some things on the table that you know your kids are familiar and comfortable with eating, but feel free to have other stuff on the table that they might still be learning to like!
  • Lead by example, sit with your kids, load up your tacos with all the things, role modelling is great when it comes to trying new foods.
  • Don't panic if your kids don't try all the things and maybe build what you would consider quite a plain taco, it's ok. Relax and enjoy the family time
  • Don't reserve this meal style just for Taco Tuesday. Eating family style and build your own meals can be a great way to dine for busy families. DIY tortilla pizzas, rice paper rolls and sushi bowls are great as well.
  • Use a taco bar as a vehicle for clearing out the fridge of leftovers and items that need to be eaten asap. Waste not want not I say!
Two tacos being held up above a spread of fillings, one held by a Childs hand and one held by an adults hand.
What your child chooses to put in their taco may be different to what you choose to put in your taco, but that is ok!

A large selection of taco toppings in and on bright colourful bowls and plates, cut vegetables, beans, mince, tortillas and condiments.

Taco Bar Ideas

A taco bar is such a fun and stress free way to serve a family dinner. Mix and match what toppings you put on the table and let everyone create their own taco.
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Course: Family Dinner Ideas
Cuisine: New Zealalnd
Keyword: taco bar ideas, taco bar, taco bar ideas for kids, taco toppings

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Ingredients

Vegetables

Sauces and Condiments

Tortillas & Tortilla Alternatives

  • Tortillas, Wraps, Flat breads Flour or corn
  • Taco shells
  • Taco bowls
  • Tortilla chips, corn chips
  • Tostidas
  • Rice

Instructions

  • Choose a variety of toppings from the list above. It's awesome if you can have mixture of proteins, vegetables and condiments on the family table.
  • Serve with tortillas and let everyone build their own tacos
  • Have fun!

Notes

Protein Fillings

When it comes to protein fillings, you can of course have the traditional taco toppings but you can also get creative with what is on the table. Leftovers and side dishes from other meals can get revitalised when you serve them as a taco filling. Don't panic if your kids don't choose the more traditional fillings like beans, fish or steak, they can still get their protein requirements at the meal with things like cheese, hummus or eggs.

Vegetable Toppings

Any vegetables make great fillings for tacos, and they don't necessarily have to be fresh. Canned or frozen corn is awesome, or leftover cooked vegetables or salads from a previous nights dinner can be great too.

Sauces, Dips & Condiments

Tacos are better with sauces I reckon! My kids' don't love overly spicy foods at this stage, so I use condiments and hot sauces to add some extra chilli and flavor to the tacos I make. My kids are happy with the basics, mayonnaise, sour cream and on some occasions a little tomato sauce/ketchup.

Tortillas and Alternatives

Use which ever tortillas you prefer, soft, crunchy, flour, corn it's all good! Or branch out and serve taco bowls with rice, or have a nacho bar and have corn chips instead.

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  1. 5 stars
    Healthy. Tasty, love it
    Tacos are my fave foods.for flavour, eye appeal and healthy nutrition.