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Taco Bar

A taco bar lets guests select their favorite fillings and fixings, choosing from chicken, pork, lettuce, radishes, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, salsas, and a squeeze of lime. This recipe was also featured on "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn."

  • servings: 8




  • 1 head romaine lettuce, shredded and refrigerated (until crisp and dry)
  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 3 limes, cut into wedges
  • 1 pound queso fresco, crumbled, or Monterey Jack, shredded
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • Roasted-Tomato Salsa
  • Salsa Verde
  • Salsa Cruda
  • Carnitas
  • Poached Chicken
  • 1 to 2 packages corn tortillas (12 count)

Cook's Note

To keep the toasted tortillas warm, wrap them tightly in a dish towel, then in foil. Place in a 200-degree oven for up to 30 minutes. Remove foil, and transfer tortillas -- still folded in the towel -- to the buffet.


  1. Step 1

    Arrange lettuce, radishes, and cilantro on a large platter. Place limes, cheese, sour cream, and salsas in separate serving dishes. Place chicken and pork in separate warm serving bowls. Garnish chicken with cilantro.

  2. Step 2

    Toast each tortilla in a hot skillet or directly over a gas flame until softened, 15 to 20 seconds per side. Stack tortillas in a dish towel, keeping them wrapped.

  3. Step 3

    Arrange all of the ingredients so that guests can make their own tacos.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2008



Reviews (4)

  • judithyoung 5 May, 2012

    After watching the preparation of this recipe on LSQ show, I knew I had to make it for my family. I loved the idea of using the chunks of pork shoulder rather than the usual ground beef or turkey. It was fabulous, and a fresh take on one of our favorite meals. Paired with the fresh salsa, it will be on my menu regularly.

  • JBG65 29 Oct, 2010

    Just had the pork tacos - WOW. Having eaten several tacos in Mexico and Cali I'm little of a taco snob. (so I think). Anyway, these tacos ROCK! They are soo tasty and simple. The real deal!

  • lovebeingamomof2 20 Dec, 2008

    This is so great! Everyone liked it.

  • mistybleu 28 May, 2008

    This recipe sounds so tempting. I love Mexican food, and I'm certainly going to try it. I often have people over, for luncheons, and this recipe will be on my list. Thank you Martha. I will let you know, at a later date, how everything turned out, and the comments I received. Misty