8 Recipes for the Ultimate DIY Taco Bar Menu

We tapped Donnie Masterton, the chef at Taco Lab by Taco­licious in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for a trio of modern fillings. Set them out with bowls of our favorite toppers and warm tortillas—and let your friends assemble their own while you mix the margaritas

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Taco Fiesta

Donnie Masterson shares his essential taco bar tip: “With a taco party, just put everything out at once. Have fun and try not to overthink it. For instance, instead of slicing an avocado, I just put it out there halved and pitted, with a spoon so people can scoop.”

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Chile-Dusted Crispy Shrimp Tacos

Rich, spicy, and irresistible, these tacos are a surefire crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Chile-Dusted Crispy Shrimp Tacos
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Blackened Guajillo Chile Mushroom Tacos

Rich, savory, and pleasantly chewy, these tacos hit the spot even for meat lovers.

Recipe: Blackened Guajillo Chile Mushroom Tacos
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Snow Peas, Pancetta, and Pecorino Tacos

These unusual tacos add a light and crunchy option to your spread.

Recipe: Snow Peas, Pancetta, and Pecorino Tacos
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Pineapple Al Pastor Pico de Gallo

Add to pork tacos for a winning combo. The sweetness of the pineapple makes for a surprisingly superb component.

Recipe: Pineapple Al Pastor Pico de Gallo
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Jicama and Green Cabbage Slaw

The perfect topping for tacos filled with fish or shrimp.

Recipe: Jicama and Green Cabbage Slaw
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Turmeric Escabeche

In Mexico, escabeche, or pickle, often refers to the spicy, crisp vegetable pickle you’ll find in most taco bars. This turmeric-infused version is delicious with anything fried, cheesy, or salty.

Recipe: Turmeric Escabeche
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Chiles Toreados (Blistered Chiles)

A great topping for tacos, these peppers are seasoned with an intense, dark, soy-like concentrate that makes them over-the-top delicious.

Recipe: Chiles Toreados (Blistered Chiles)
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Salt Air Margaritas

This salt-lime foam topping (an alternative to a salt-rimmed glass) is perfect for parties because it stays perky for at least half an hour.

Recipe: Salt Air Margaritas