Make Your Own Tacos for Vegetarians and Meat Eaters

Tacos are a great meal if you are entertaining both vegetarians and meat eaters, because you can please everyone with very little separate cooking. Plus, it’s fun to create a make-you-own-stations so people can tailor their taco to their tastes. I make this a lot when I’m entertaining a mixed crowd of veggies and non-veggies.

This is what I pick up when I make tacos. The number of people you have will dictate the amount of everything you need, so plan accordingly.

Old El Paso Original Taco mix
– Old El Paso stand n’ stuff taco shells
– can black beans
– jar of sliced jalapenos peppers
– tomatoes (diced)
– romaine lettuce (chopped)
– onion
–  Santitas white corn tortilla chips
Lipton Fiesta Sides Mexican Rice
– Kraft Mexican four cheese shredded blend
– jar of salsa
Morning Star Farms Meal Starters Recipe Crumbles
– ground meat

always serve both margaritas and beer with this. To make the margaritas, I use Jose Cuervo mix and tequila, and always do frozen ones. The ratio I use is 3 to 2 — three parts mix to two parts tequila.

Make sure to blend up some margaritas and offer some beer with chips and salsa while you are preparing the tacos.

To start making the tacos, first, dice up the onion, tomato and lettuce, placing each in a separate bowl. This allows everyone to add exactly what they want.

Next, cook your rice dish as directed on the package. While that’s cooking set up your beans, dump the jar of black beans into a pot and add jalapenos and a little of their juice depending on how hot, or not hot you want it. I like it on the spicier side, so I tend to be very liberal with my amounts. Heat until it starts to boil and then put on low.

Preheat oven for the tacos.

Heat a little bit of olive oil in separate pans — one for the meat and one of the veggie crumbles. Depending on how much you are making, you can use one packet of the taco mix and just split it between the two pans. When making the taco mix according to the directions on the packet, use hot water because it tends to help dissolve the mix better.

Once the oil is hot, add the meat and “meat” to their respective pans and cook till it starts to get brown. Add the taco seasoning mix and cook until the most of the liquid is gone. Put the tacos in the oven as this is going on and everything should get done at the same time.

One everything is done, you can set up stations on the counter or put everything on the table in their individual dishes and let everyone make their own tacos to fit their tastes. Just remember to take out the shredded cheese from the fridge — I’ve forgotten on many an occasion!

If you have leftovers, I take everything but the meats and combine it into on pot. Then divide up for lunches the next day.

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