DIY: Build your own taco bar

I’ve always wanted to do a taco night. And since Edward was so sweet the other day surprising me with a brand new kitchen aid food processor AND a surprise packed picnic lunch at the park, I decided taco night would be a fun way to say “thank you”.


I decided to keep it somewhat simple and just offer lettuce, whole grain tortillas, and Mexican style cheese for the toppings. Instead of beef, I decided to use a marinated chicken. I used lawrys Santa fe chili marinade for the chicken and chose an uncle bens sante fe whole grain rice to complete the meal.


For the chicken, I pulled out 2 large raw chicken breasts from our freezer and let them thaw. Once they were thawed, I cut them up into bite sized pieces so there would be more surface area exposed to the marinade. I put the chicken pieces and marinade in a ziplock bag and let them hang out in the fridge for a couple of hours. Once done marinating, I cooked the chicken in a skillet for about 10 minutes. That was it! Everything else was pretty self explanatory.

Here’s a brief outline I followed to make taco night a success 🙂

1)      Decide on your fixings

–          Lettuce

–          Santa fe style rice (uncle ben’s 90 second rice)

–          Mexican style cheese

–          Whole grain tortillas

–          Grilled marinated chicken

–          Marinade: Lawry’s Santa Fe Chili

2)      Presentation

–          Rip lettuce into bite sized pieces and place in a medium sized bowl, easy for grabbing

–          Place shredded cheese in a small bowl, easy for grabbing

–          Place both bowls on a large plate and place the tortillas between the two bowls

–          Set out another (smaller) plate for the rice.

3)      Prepare the chicken

–          If using frozen chicken, let it thaw in the refrigerator before working with it. Once thawed, cut the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces then place in a zip lock bag. Cover the chicken with the marinade and let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. After marinating, cook the chicken in a skillet for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.

–          Place chicken on a small plate next to the other fixings and serve.


I highly recommend doing a taco night. It was so much fun and so delicious!


6 thoughts on “DIY: Build your own taco bar

    • I kniw how you feel! Im starving lol thank god Edward will be home soon.

      Thank you so much regarding my new layout! I love it too. I’m glad so many other people like it just as much 🙂

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