Monday, June 23, 2014

The Taco Stand

This taco bar was so fun to put together!! It's super easy to do and you can scale it for as many people as needed. 

I've been wanting to do this for such a long time and after discovering the coolest latin shop inside the St.Lawrence Market in Toronto things just fell into place. I can't tell you the names of the sauces and whats in them but all I can say is that they are so good! And this market has them stocked.

I don't have to tell you about their wide array of homemade corn tortillas either, as they speak for themselves! They're great having in the fridge and all you have to do is warm them in a dry pan for a couple of seconds on both sides to soften. 

Another recipe I plan to make is using a rice and black bean filling them topping it all with one of the yummy smokey red sauces, this recipe was mentioned to me by the lovely shop keeper at the market. 

Some of the items to include in a fun taco bar, that is both adult and kid friendly are: A meat as your basic taco filling, or a cooked spiced bean filling as a vegetarian and vegan option!  I had some grilled beef tenderloin from a couple of days earlier so I just sliced it up into thinner strips.

Have a good amount of toppings on hand like: Black beans - always freshly soaked and home boiled is tastier but you could opt for the low sodium canned variety.

Guacamole or slices of avocado, be sure to squeeze a generous amount of lime juice over slices to avoid them from turning brown

If you want to avoid serving up the onions separately go with a pico de gallo which is a fresh tomato salsa of chopped tomatoes, onions and chilis, add cilantro and a squeeze of lime to bring it together.  You're getting big flavour and it's all inclusive.

Salsa/Sauces, definitely try to get your hands on some authentic Mexican ones. I have a red smokey sauce here and a salsa verde, which is a green sauce made of tomatillos

Then add corn, lime wedges, sour cream, fresh cilantro... and enjoy!

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