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Wedding Taco bar for 200
Krissie
11/01/15
Hello!

I've read many of your tabs & messages here, but I'm a worried bride & wanted some feedback if I've calculated/made enough, specifically with the meats.

Our wedding is next weekend with 200 adults attending.

For the main food we are having a taco bar. Based on the posts & Ellen's threads I've prepared
30 lbs (raw) Chicken
32 lbs (raw) Ground Beef
10 lbs (raw) Pork

Topping choices are:

Quinoa
Rice (Brown & White)
Sautéed Vegetable fajita mix (Various peppers, spices & onions)
Guacamole
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Cheese
Corn
Onions
Black beans
Pico
Adobe sauce
Queso
Sour Cream

I of course prefer to have left overs than not enough. So....Do I have enough meats or should I increase those?

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!

ellen
11/03/15
Your meat is OK.

For the toppings, did you use the taco bar page? It is reliable. About 5#10 nacho cheese for the queso, if you use canned.

6 gallons beans, 7-8 #10 cans

8 pounds dry rice per 100

If you need more, write back and good luck!

Krissie
11/04/15
Thank you Ellen!
Yes I did! Your site has been a lifesaver!

My only other question is...How on earth do I figure out how to make enough fresh gaucamole for 200?
I want to have some at taco bar as topping but also on table with chips & salsa during appetizer hour.

Any suggestions appreciated! :)

ellen
11/05/15
About a quarter cup per person is plenty/max; at least 1 cup per 6. One simple way (and somewhat less expensive) is to use the refrigerated avocado pulp available in some produce sections and in restaurant supply stores. 2-3 tablespoons avocado and 1-2 tablespoons salsa per person.

If you buy whole avocados, they are cheaper by the case, and fewer bruises, get a week ahead to ripen.

Christine
04/02/18
Im having a wedding in May we are doing a taco bar also for 200 people just curious what your cost ended up being Krissie.
ellen
04/06/18
Hi, Christine, Krissy prob won't see this, , witht he guac her food costs will be about $8-10 for the tacos only.
leah
04/19/18
where is the taco bar page at?
ellen
04/19/18
Taco bar page
www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/potabar1.html

Enjoy! Write back if you need to.

Annabelle Villarreal
08/21/18
My estimate party count is 200 for a dinner party. I want a taco bar. How much meat in pounds should I get. And does chuck meat have more or does it matter? I always ronse my grease anyway
ellen
08/21/18
See the taco/potato bar page sited just above and do double the amount for 100. Chuck has a bit more tasty and you lose a liittle less when you cook it.
elizabeth philpott
10/15/18
i'm supposed to bring mexican blend cheese to a wedding for 200... how much should i bring (ounces?) thanks, e
ellen
10/19/18
???? If this is shredded for a taco bar, 6 pounds per 100. So, 12 pounds.
lexi paulo
12/10/18
Hi there, I am doing a project for religion and I need prices on how much this whole taco bar will be in total. If you could get back to me that would be amazing
ellen
12/10/18
Lexi, I can't do prices for you because hey vary in every region. You will have to take the amounts and figure based on your local prices
Rachel
05/14/19
Walking Taco bar for 200
We are buying per cooked and seasoned meat. How much should we need?
ellen
05/14/19
Are you talking about the walking taco salad made in a frito bag, or real tacos made in hard shell tortillas? Also, is his pre-portioned or do they serve themselves? This affects the amounts. Please write back.
Susan
05/24/19
Doing a birthday party for 200 hundred with a taco/nacho bar. We only have 16 raw pounds of shredded chicken, 16 pounds of raw ground beef and 8 pounds of raw pulled pork. I did not plan this but it was handed over to me and I'm afraid it is not going to be enough. How much meat will I need? The party is in 2 days. Please help!!
ellen
05/25/19
OK, you can fix this.
First move:
Beans! Have seasoned black beans, pinto beans and refried beans on each of the serving lines in front of meats (2 double sided lines would be best). Since you will prob need to use canned beans, , plan for at least 4 #10 cans refried and 3 to 4 each black and pinto. Season whole beans by chopping up 2 pounds onions and a bunch of parsley frying together and mixing in for each can. Put a tablespoon of cumin seed in w the onions, some oregano and some fresh crushed garlic if you like it.
To each big can of black beans also add a 2 1/2 can (family size) diced tomatoes in juice and a can or two of diced green chilis.

These can be simmered on the stove, but easier to bake covered n a 350 oven or roaster for a couple of hours if you have oven space.

Second move: Meat stretch
Dice a half pound of onions for each pound of beef and cook it all together with the seasonings
Use plenty of sauce when heating the pork
Use a good chicken gravy to reheat the chicken

Third move: Distractions
Rice placed before the beans- several good Mexican and Spanish rice recipes on site
FRESH pico de gallo
shredded cabbage slaw (not diced/ ground) called curtido, here are proportions

Mexican slaw for 100 (Curtido)
Essential for fish tacos, good with all tacos
Ingredients

25 cups shredded cabbage
25 cups broccoli slaw (or 16 cups shredded broccoli, 8 cups shredded carrots)
12 red bell peppers, shredded
12 cups chopped cilantro
6 red onions

Dressing:

6 cups cider or red wine vinegar , or vinegar of choice
3 1/2 cups oil
juice of 12 limes (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup cumin seed
1 cup chopped fresh oregano

Mix the dressing and throw in the diced/shredded onions, let sit while you mix the rest of the veggies or up to overnight, add the onions and dressing to the other veggies and refrigerate. Stores up to a week. Tastiest cold and crunchy.

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