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Tacos for 400 people
Karen
11/08/13
Hello Ellen. Doing a lunch for 400 at church. Having two hard taco shells per person along with 1/2 cup beans and 1/2 cup rice. Here is my breakdown using your Taco Bar figures.

800 shells
50 pounds hamburger
13 pounds diced tomatoes
13 pounds shredded lettuce
2 #10 cans black olives
6 pounds sour cream
2 gallons salsa
4 #10 cans refried beans
30 pounds dry rice for Spanish rice
100 avocados for quacomole

Does this sound correct to you? Looking forward to hearing from you. Have a great weekend.

ellen
11/08/13
This is not enough food for 400 people, even the rice would be short, and the rest is barely adequate for about 200 people. The figures on the taco bar are for 100 people, and you need about 4 times that much for 400. Are you under some kind of constraint?
karen
11/08/13
I thought that the figures were for 100 people but each having two hard shells and two soft tacos. Is this not correct? If so then it is enough for 400 tacos right? And I would need 800 tacos.
ellen
11/08/13
Normal for a taco meal, as opposed to a snack, to have 2 tacos and 2 soft tortillas. The table for 100 is not for 4 tacos, the amounts are for 2 tacos and 2 extra plain tortillas.
karen
11/09/13
So sorry Ellen for the misunderstanding. Let me try this again.

36 cups rice
8 #10 cans refried beans
800 crisp taco shells
24 lbs tomatoes, diced
24 lbs lettuce, chopped
15 lbs cheese, shredded
100 lbs hamburger
12 lbs sour cream
1 gallon salsa
3 #10 cans olives
Guacamole

Are these closer to what I will need to feed 400 people?

ellen
11/09/13
Better.

36 cups rice- OK
8 #10 cans refried beans- OK
800 crisp taco shells- add about 60- they get broken
24 lbs tomatoes, diced- 26
24 lbs lettuce, chopped- 26
15 lbs cheese, shredded- at least 20-24 would be usual
100 lbs hamburger- good
12 lbs sour cream- at least 20-24 would be usual, especially if self serve
1 gallon salsa- need 13 quarts- 3+ gallons
3 #10 cans olives- I would do 4
Guacamole- at least 32 quarts, and use small serving spoons.

If you are plating this, as opposed to self serve, you will use a bit less.

Anna
04/21/16
I am cooking shredded beef tacos and shredded chicken for 400 people. How much meat should I order?
Will 20lbs rice and 20lbs beans be enough?
ellen
04/22/16
I usually plan 8 pounds each raw rice and dried beans per 100. Put these ahead of the meats in the serving lines, to moderate the amounts of meat. For serving, you will need at least 4 serving lines and 6 would be better (3 double sided lines OK).

I do 25 pounds raw meat per 100.

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ellen
04/22/16
By the way, usually 2/3 beef, 1/3 chicken
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