When I host a party I usually go overboard when it comes to the menu. I get caught up on what to serve for an appetizer, main course, side, drink, and dessert and rarely get to sit and enjoy the event.
While in Oaxaca we visited a mercado and ate lunch at a taquiza – I was blown away by the simplicity of the menu. There were no appetizers, sides, or desserts. Just good ol’ fashioned tacos and a variety of salsas and garnishes that were 10 pesos each.
Recently TABASCO reached out asking me to host a taquiza and talk about perfect timing. I had just returned from an authentic taquiza and couldn’t wait to host my very own and bring a taste of Mexico to my family and friends. I welcome you to watch this video where I showcase footage from my Oaxaca taquiza adventure and share how to host a taquiza.
A taquiza is a Mexican-style buffet where guests are presented with tortillas, fillings, toppings, and salsas to make their own tacos.
I kept my menu simple — I made an effortless marinade using TABASCO Chipotle Sauce, olive oil, fresh orange juice, and drizzled it on steak and then grilled the meat. This marinade also tastes great drizzled over pork.
At my taquiza, guests helped themselves to the taco bar with grilled meat and a variety of homemade salsas and a couple of traditional sides: fresh pico de gallo, creamy avocado and tomatillo salsa, toasted chile pasillla salsa, delicious cebollitas asadas, and spicy chiles toreados. I also included customary toppings such as lime wedges, cilantro, and radish slices.
As much as I wanted to keep the menu simple I also made my favorite summer side dish: mango, jicama, and cucumber salad and agua de jamaica for the kids. The adults drank cervezas and at the end of our taquiza we all toasted with mezcal that I purchased in Oaxaca.
I have hosted many taco bars, but this was different. This felt authentic and fun! My guests loved it and I enjoyed relaxing and enjoying it too. The tacos were delicious and the star of the show, as they should be. I hope this recipe and video inspire you to host your very own taquiza.
TABASCO Chipotle Beef Tacos
- 3 tablespoons TABASCO Chipotle Sauce
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 orange, juiced
- 1 ½-pounds flap steak or skirt steak
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Corn Tortillas
- Salsa of choice
- In a bowl, combine the chipotle sauce, olive oil, orange juice, and mix well.
- Using a brush, lightly coat the steak with the TABASCO Chipotle mixture and season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat a grill to medium-high. Grill the steak for 4 to 6 minutes per side or until it reaches your desired doneness. Let rest 10 minutes, and then slice the steak against the grain into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Place desired amount of meat into a warm corn tortilla. Top with choice of salsa and garnishes.
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