DIY Taco Bar

posted 7 months ago in Food
Post # 2
3043 posts
Sugar bee

achicago :  no advice, just saying i would LOVE to attend a wedding with a taco bar! No complaints from me!

Post # 3
1017 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

 I LOVE tacos!! If you do a DIY taco bar, please mark which items are vegetarian. Some items like refried beans and certain rices have meat, and some do not.

Post # 4
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

Taco bar is probably the most feasible for DIY catering. I would just suggest you have someone hired to make sure items are replenished and that they keep hot/cold, etc.  I’m envisioning hard and soft shells, maybe a nacho option. Sounds delicious to me! 

Post # 5
9828 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I attended a wedding that had a taco bar. The food was catered through the venue so it was in warmers and such but it was serve yourself style. Also, it was fajita style meat – not Taco Bell style meat. 

It was great food wise. But again, this was something that was catered in and was just self serve – they had venue staff that came and replenished things as they ran out.

Post # 6
1361 posts
Bumble bee

I didn’t have a taco bar at my wedding but tacos are about the biggest PITA of anything I make for regular dinner or for entertaining company and I’m an avid cook.  I would never consider this for DIY wedding food.  Way too much work.  Too many components.   


Post # 7
930 posts
Busy bee

achicago :  I attended a wedding that aside from the main courses, had a taco bar later while everyone dance and drank beer. As well as churros. Sooooo good. No complaints. definitely approve. 🙂


It can be simple; tortillas, meat, salsa (and any toppings you want: onions, cabbage, raddishes, etc…)

Post # 11
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I love a good taco bar.  I haven’t had a taco bar wedding but did throw a shower with Mexican food and have had taco bars catered at work.  I think the challenge with a taco bar is that the items that tend to retain their quality the best are more of the braised, saucy meats (dry meat is my biggest pet peeve) can also be the messiest.  With the taco bars at work what I’ve loved the most are those that have an array of garnishes that allow you to customize your flavor.  I believe you are in Chicago based on your name and a venue you posted about before but I LOVE Big Star’s taco bar for this exact reason – pickled red onions, grilled pineapple, cotija cheese, etc.  I also had a former boss who had great taco parties where she would bring in a more authentic, local Mexican chef and he would carve the filling meat in front of you, which I found a more special take on authentic.  Having a station where someone is making fresh guacamole to order would also be amazing.

Post # 12
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

achicago :  Have you looked into Chipotle or Qdoba catering for a taco bar? I totally agree with PPs that tacos would be great for a wedding, just a little messy. 

When would you plan on cooking the meat, rice, and beans ahead of time? How will you keep at a safe temperature so people don’t get sick? Who would be doing the cooking and the set up?

Post # 14
6605 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

achicago :  we did for rehearsal. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary as far as toppings go but guests did love it, especially our homemade pico de Gallo. We decided to just do chicken as we were having beef at the wedding (no allergy/special diet accommodations were needed for our guests). I cooked it in the slow cooker a few weeks ahead an vacuum sealed/froze it. Did rice in another cooker (not popular), grilled squash, the pico, avocado, olives, lettuce, tomato, peppers, cheese, locally made tortillas, chips, sour cream, etc. it was pretty easy though prep isn’t speedy. Be sure you have people you can rely on or be ready to go it alone!  Leftovers were recycled into the next night’s salad bar. Yum. (36 including ourselves, btw, plus access to an industrial fridge)

Post # 15
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I just came from a wedding with a taco bar but it was not DIY. It was catered 🙂 

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