Our taco charcuterie board is full of delicious Mexican flavors that will make your taste buds dance. It includes all of the taco toppings and will be a big hit for Taco Tuesday.
I am always looking for a fun way to spice up recipes. That is how I have come up with some of my favorite dishes. My kids and husband never know what concoction I will come up with for family dinner.
My mom and I cooked together a ton when I was a kid, so cooking is special to me. Yes, the food is good, but the most important part is the quality time I spent with her. Now, I love to cook with my children.
We have charcuterie boards for almost every event. For example, we have our tasty Christmas charcuterie board, Valentines charcuterie board, and Easter charcuterie board boards. Oh, and you can't forget our spooky Charbooterie board.
For dietary needs, we have gluten-free charcuterie and vegan charcuterie board charcuterie boards. We have a charcuterie board shopping list so you remember all the ingredients for a typical charcuterie board.
This Mexican board is a twist on the classic charcuterie board. Instead of cheese and crackers, we use hard taco shells, fresh produce, and chips. It’s a perfect way to combine the idea of a cheese board with Mexican food.
Instead of having a taco night, you can make a Mexican charcuterie board. The best part (besides it being a delicious board) is that it is super easy to assemble. You must try this recipe at your next gathering, dinner party, or birthday party.
Why you should make this recipe
- It is a great option for a taco party or a Cinco de mayo party
- You can make it any time of year
- Charcuterie boards are customizable, so you can add your favorite things to make your own boards.
- You get to enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine
- It’s a super easy recipe
- Ground beef - Remove if you prefer to have a vegan taco board
- Taco shells and tostada bowls - We recommend corn tortillas to keep this board gluten-free. You could also do taco salads instead
- Olives - Chopped
- Beans - Refried, black, or both!
- Tortilla chips - We love the Siete brand
- Salsa - Use multiple types of salsa for a variety of items and flavors
- Queso - We love the Siete brand, but we make sure it is vegan.
- Mexican rice - I love adding Mexican rice to my tacos
- Guacamole cups - Use the individual size for double dipping
- Avocado - Use to fill in the extra space
- Hot sauce - one small bottle will do
- Fresh lettuce - shredded
- Cilantro - fresh
- Jalapeńos - fresh (leave one uncut for looks)
- Mexican wedding cookies - We love Mexican wedding cookies. They look stunning on this taco board.
How to make a taco charcuterie board
Brown the meat
Cook the ground beef until brown. Then place it in a bowl.
Put the bowl in the bottom right center of the charcuterie board. Placement is crucial when assembling a board.
Place taco shells
Next, place taco shells and toastada bowls next to the meat. I like to warm them up, but it’s up to personal preference.
Putting them next to the meat makes it easier to assemble the tacos. Plus, it just makes sense.
Next, grab your favorite toppings you want for your board. Add all toppings into their own bowls and place around the board wherever you want.
You can use cute small bowls to make the board aesthetically pleasing. Or, you can totally use little plastic cups.
Add the individual cups of guacamole and the hot sauce at the back of the board. That way you can still access them, but they aren’t in the way of everything else.
We like using individual cups of guacamole because it’s easier all around. You don’t have to worry about it going bad and you won’t worry about others double dipping.
Add tortilla chips
Now that the board is getting full, it is time to fill up the empty spaces. Place the chips throughout the fill in the gaps.
Make sure you leave space for the fresh veggies, though. Making charcuterie boards are all about ensuring the spacing is correct.
Slice the avocados in half and remove the pit. Then place them in twos on two different spots of the board.
I love adding avocados because they add pops of color to the board. You can also add them to your delicious tacos.
Fill in the gaps
Now its time to fill in the remaining space on the board. This step takes the board to the next level aestetcially.
Add fresh cilantro, lettuce, and the jalapeños in the bare spaces. I slice one jalapeño and leave one whole for a fun look.
Last, but not least, add the Mexican wedding cookies. I love the softness these cookies add to the taco board.
Put them where nothing else will touch them, or else they will get soggy or taste weird. Using little cake stands work well.
Tips for success
- Add chocolate: You can never go wrong with chocolate, especially with a charcuterie board. Dark chocolate especially adds a delicious contrast of flavor.
- Use a variety of salsas: Having a bunch of salsas adds color and flavor to your ultimate taco board.
- Use fresh lime juice: There is something about squeezing a bit of lime juice into a taco that makes it even better.
Storage and Freezing
Storing - Leftover meats, veggies, and cheeses can be stored in plastic bags or airtight containers in the refrigerator. We recommend tossing the leftover taco shells (they become soggy).
Freezing -You could make the taco meat ahead of time, but everything else should not be frozen.
How do you keep a charcuterie board fresh outside?
Make sure you keep the board in a cool enviroment and restock them often. With a board like this one, it is easy to keep adding ingredients as the event progresses.
Do not keep the cheeses outside for longer than an hour on a hot day. If you are worried about it, see if you can keep the board inside.
What other taco fillings could I add to this Mexican charcuterie board?
Sour cream, refried beans, and pico de gallo are great options. We also love black beans, lime wedges, Mexican street corn, and corn salsa.
Any finger foods work well. Thing of foods with beautiful colors!
Ways to enjoy
Grandpa Bob's homemade root beer recipe would pair well with this tasty taco board. Drinks pair well with charcuterie boards because they are usually served with wine.
Taco Charcuterie Board
- 1 pound ground beef
- 12 hard taco shells and tostada bowls
- 15 ounce can of olives
- 15 ounce can of beans
- 1 bag tortilla chips (we use the Siete brand)
- 8 ounces salsa
- 8 ounces queso (we use the Siete brand)
- 8 ounces cooked Mexican rice
- 2-3 individual guacamole cups
- 2 avocados
- 1 small bottle of hot sauce
- 2 cups fresh lettuce, shredded
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 2 fresh jalapeños
- 8 ounces Mexican wedding cookies
- Brown the meat and place it in a bowl then put it on your board in the bottom right corner
- Place taco shells and tostada bowls on the board near the meat
- Add salsa, queso, olives, beans and rice to small bowls and place the small bowls around the board wherever you see fit
- Add the individual cups of guacamole and place the bottle of hot sauce at the back of the board
- Arrange tortilla chips around the bowls leaving some space for the fresh veggies
- Slice the avocados in half and remove pit then place them in twos on two different spots of the board
- Fill in the remaining space with fresh cilantro, lettuce and the jalapeños (I slice one and leave one whole for a fun look but still leaving it functional)
- Finish by adding it the Mexican wedding cookies to the top of the board where nothing else touching it will make them soggy or taste weird