Tacos are such a wonderfully versatile dish and make a great canvas for any protein you can dream up. Although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taco-seasoned ground beef, there’s a whole world of options beyond it. Carne asada (marinated skirt steak) and barbacoa made from beef, lamb or even goat meat are delicious taco bar protein options. Braised pork shoulder makes crave-worthy carnitas. Shrimp and fish are popular for tacos and it’s nice to have vegetarian or vegan options at a taco bar. Hearty grains, legumes and veggies, like farro, lentils, mushrooms, jackfruit and sweet potatoes can be delicious in tacos. And of course, poultry—chicken, duck, turkey—are popular options for tacos as well.
Here are some composed taco dishes that feature a variety of meats and ingredients you may want to include in your taco bar setup: