DIY Taco Buffet
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DIY: Taco Buffet

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This is the second post in a new weelicious series called DIY: BUFFET.

Hopefully you've had a day or two to give DIY: Oatmeal Buffet a try. If not, I've got another great DIY: Buffet dinner recipe for you, the one that actually inspired this whole series.

Everyone in our house has enormous affection for tacos, so when I came up with this taco bar concept, my kids' taco love escalated to taco fanaticism. Getting to make their tacos "their way" gave them a great sense of pride. I like to set out all the components in colorful bowls with spoons and let everyone go to town personalizing their meal.

Beware: I've seen three fist fulls of grated cheese get shoved into their tacos so help kids when needed! You want everyone to be able to pick them up. Chloe has a habit of stuffing her taco so full she can barely pick it up! Sometimes I even take a clean rubber band and fit it around the tortilla a few times so the kids can hold their taco without everything falling out.

The best part of this simple meal is that you can prepare the toppings earlier in the day. You can also pre-cook the meat, so all you need to do is reheat it come dinner time. This is one of those dishes I double, or even triple, to ensure we have leftovers for school lunch or even dinner the next couple of nights. Can you say twofer!?

When each person in your family gets to build their meal the way they want it's amazing how much better they eat!

DIY Taco Buffet  (4 servings)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 10 mins,
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This is the second post in a new weelicious series called DIY: BUFFET. Hopefully you've had a day or two to give DIY: Oatmeal Buffet a try. If not, I've got another great DIY: Buffet dinner recipe for you, the one that actually inspired this whole...


  • 1 pound lean ground beef, turkey or meat substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • whole wheat tortillas or crispy taco shells


  1. 1. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the beef, onion powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, and salt. Sauté, using your spoon to break apart the meat and mix in the spices, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain off excess fat.
  2. 2. Place the cooked beef in a large serving bowl. Place each of the remaining ingredients in small serving bowls and allow everyone to assemble their own taco.

Accompaniments: grated mexican cheese (cheddar, Colby and Monterrey jack), salsa, sliced avocados, guacamole, sour cream, black or pinto beans and/or chopped lettuce.

DIY Taco Buffet

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  1. Gourmet Creations

    May 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm


  2. Melissa C

    May 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    This was dinner last night. Worked out great.

  3. Kate

    May 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

    This is my favorite part of Mexican cooking—the options are endless, sliced radishes, lime wedges, you name it. Love this idea.

  4. Krissy

    May 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    We do taco buffets often. Ours include chopped tomato, black olives, rice (that I mix some taco seasoning into) and corn (blanched and straight off the cob) along with the regulars of cheese and lettuce. My daughter has also taken a fancy to putting a few drops of salad dressing on her tacos as well (literally less than a teaspoon, and we use french dressing) for a little kick. In the past I’ve included chopped red onions or chives as well.
    Tacos are the best tho…and so much fun! My daughter loves them soo much she usually has a snack of “Taco Bites” the next afternoon. For those, we use a mini muffin tin, press in some soft shells (Cut into little circles) and top with beef, cheese, tomato, olives and bake a few minutes till the shell is slightly crispy (no oil neccessary)…then top with lettuce.

    • Katherine

      September 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      OMG, taco bites?! That is genius!

  5. Lisa | With Style and Grace

    May 23, 2013 at 11:15 am

    we do this at least once a months in our home! love a good taco bar.

  6. Alexine

    May 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I love tacos but buritos r my favorite

  7. Alexine

    May 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Hi im a cook and i am 11 i love ur recipes but do u think u could do a special recipe with m&ms

  8. Heather Christo

    May 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    What a CUTE idea! I love this! I am going to track down a video of you on the chew right now- I bet you were amazing!

  9. Liz Stark

    May 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Love this taco buffet idea!

    Just saw you on The Chew! Excellent segment and macaroni recipe.

  10. tracy

    May 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Taco night was ALWAYS my favorite night as a kid. I loved I could make a taco ANYWAY I wanted to. Having that control as a kid is paramount!!! YAY~

  11. Bonnie

    May 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

    My daughter loves soft tacos (she asks for them almost every night!) We use guacamole or sour cream “glue” to hold it together. Plus I make sure to use whole wheat tortillas and spinach instead of lettuce to up the nutrition.

  12. Tracy

    May 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Rubber bands is a great idea. Holding the taco/burrito can definitely be an issue for our toddler. Thanks for the recipe!