How to Make a Taco Charcuterie Board

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Taco night is always fun, and putting the entire meal on a charcuterie board makes your meal into a party. The beautiful colors and smells coming from this taco charcuterie board are eye-catching and mount watering. To make a simple taco charcuterie board, pile up the beans, meats, shells, guacamole, peppers, and let everyone make their own taco. This meal board is sure to be a hit!

A taco or burrito night is part of our families weekly rotation as everyone likes it, so making a taco charcuterie board makes a normal meal feel fun and different. If you’re looking for another charcuterie board meal, check out our soup and bread charcuterie board or follow along with us on instagram.

Taco Charcuterie Board
Taco Charcuterie Board

Why a Taco Charcuterie Board is the Perfect Meal

A typical charcutierie board includes meat and cheese, but over time a charcuterie board has come to refer to any food served and laid out on a board or platter. Serving your entire meal in a charcuterie board style is a fun way to present your food, and let everyone create their own perfect plate of food. Here are some reasons that a taco charcuterie board makes the perfect meal:

A Taco Charcuterie Board is Easy to Assemble: This board is so easy to put together. Simple cut up your ingredients and place them on the board or in small bowls, heat up your meat and beans, assemble everything on the board and serve it all up.

A Taco Charcuterie Board is Colorful and Beautiful: My favorite thing about this board is how pretty it looks on the table, full of colorful and fresh food, this board is naturally beautiful and you can add fresh limes and peppers for extra pops of color.

A Taco Board is a Healthy Meal: A taco board is a healthy meal full of fresh ingredients and a good dose of protien. We love this healthy meal board!

A Taco Board has Something for Everyone: one of the reasons we serve a taco board on the regular basis is that there is something for everyone. With several kids all with different food preference, make your own taco night is an easy way to please everyone, and let each person choose their perfect meal. You can easily adjust the ingredients to insure each person gets just what they like best. If you have vegetarians or people with food sensitivity, it is easy for each person to customize the meal to exactly what they want.

Taco Charcuterie Board
Taco Charcuterie Board

Ingredients for a Taco Charcuterie Board

There are so many option for what ingredients to use to build your taco night board. If you already have a favorite list of taco night ingredients, simply use this to assemble your own board. Otherwise you can selects from an assortment of fresh vegetables, cheese, meat, and beans. Since part of the beauty of any charcuterie board is the visual appeal, make sure you choose colorful ingredients like peppers, cabbage, onions, tomatoes and lettuce.

Here are some suggested ingredients:

  • Ground meat or cut up chicken: Add some taco flavoring to your meat or flavor it with cumin. For this board we used ground chicken and shrimp both flavored separately.
  • Taco shells and tortillas: Taco shells are fun, but I find them tricky to eat. Our family loves soft shelled tacos and tortillas of different sizes to make our burritos. You can also skip the burritos and tacos and add rice to make taco bowls! We love to make our own tortillas if we have time! Also consider adding a bowl of chips.
  • Sauces: scoop some guacamole, salsa, and sour cream into bowls. You can make your own guacamole and salsa or buy these pre-made
  • Vegetables: Vegetables are really what make this board pop. Add an assortment of veggies such as cut up tomatoes, onion, cabbage, peppers, lettuce, avocado
  • Beans: We’re big fans of beans for our taco nights – choose black beans or refried beans and serve up in their own bowls
  • Extras: add some decorations and extras to make the perfect board – limes, cilantro, and hot peppers all make excellent additions to a taco charcuterie board.

Taco Charcuterie Board
Taco Charcuterie Board

Tips for Making a Taco Charcuterie Board

While there are many ways to create an amazing charcuterie board, here are some tips to keep in mind to make a fun, delicious and beautiful taco charcuterie board.

Choose the right board

You will need a relatively large charcuterie board to make your taco board. Remember you are assembling an entire meal, not just an appetizer. Compared to other charcuterie board, there are more bowls that normal and some of the ingredients are larger such as the taco shells and tortillas. If you don’t have a big board, you can always lay butcher paper out of the table and serve your taco night directly from the table.

Add the spice as an option: When we made this taco charcuterie board for a family dinner, we kept the spice at a minimum. It’s easy to provide a bowls of cut up hot peppers or a spicy salsa for anyone wants to spice up their meal. We also seasoned the shrimp to be spicy but kept the chicken more mild to please everyone.

Get it out hot: Serving the taco night charcuterie board hot is probably the most challenging part of this meal. We laid the ingredients out and set bowls on the board for the hot items. Once the board was assembled, we quickly heated the meat, bean and tortillas and served immediately. This is a hard board to make in advance, so plan to make and serve all at once. Since it takes a lot of last minute preparations, you will want to plan ahead if you are making this for a dinner party.

Taco Charcuterie Board

Taco Charcuterie Board Recipe

Below you can find a recipe and shopping list to make your own taco charcuterie board. Don’t forget to invite your friends over, serve up some margaritas and have a fun night around the table.

Taco Charcuterie Board
Taco Charcuterie Board

Complete Taco Charcuterie Board

Create the Perfect Mexican Food Board for Dinner
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 Large Charcuterie Board
  • Several Bowls
  • Several Serving Spoons
  • Frying Pan
  • Cutting Board and Knife


  • 1 package taco shells
  • 1 package soft taco shells
  • shrimp
  • chicken breast cubed
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocoda
  • 1 guacamole
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 limes
  • 1 block cheese
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • peppers
  • 1 bag tortilla chips


  • Collect your ingredients and cut the vegetables.
  • Make your guacamole and salsa, or simply add your store bought options to bowls.
  • Place your ingredients on your charcuterie board. Place empty bowls for your hot items.
  • Cook your meat, heat the beans, warm the tortillas and add to the board. Serve immediately.

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