These easy taco salad recipes are both fresh and nutritious. And ours have a few surprise ingredients that add a little out of the ordinary interest. Add in our easy sangria recipes, and you have some great fiesta party ideas!

Taco salad recipes are always popular, and you can put just about anything in them (almost). Fresh is best, of course. And we have lots of ideas below.

We all know how important it is to eat a variety of good food from all the different food groups. Like meats or fish, vegetables (especially those will plenty of color such as we include here), bean and legumes, whole grains.

Good taco salad recipes will include all of these, so are great for elderly nutrition. And they also can be perfect for those with minimal appetites who like to eat just a small amount – because you can build your own.

Even if you or your guests are picky eaters, taco salads are sure to please. Some of our ingredients are even a bit out of the ordinary, to add a little interest to your meal or party.

Our Taco Salad Recipes

Colorful Taco Salad

You will need:

  • Several bowls and platters, and any of the following food options.
  • Tortilla chips – Use a variety of colors, such a traditional yellow corn, white, whole grain, or blue corn.
  • Some people like to use a taco bowl as well.
  • Sliced yellow and red onions, or scallions.
  • Greens can include traditional lettuce, romaine, spinach leaves, or a spring greens mix.
  • Bowls of chopped or whole black and green olives – some with pimento.
  • Several types of cheese such as cheddar, asiago, or manchego. A Mexican blend is great too.
  • Bowls of black beans and pinto beans; refried is fine. Canned garbanzo beans are also very good.
  • Chopped red peppers, as well as yellow and green.
  • Chopped yellow and red tomatoes.
  • Fresh corn removed from the cob, or cooked frozen corn.
  • Cilantro and parsely.
  • Shredded chicken or beef – you can cook spices into the meat such as cumin, coriander, black pepper, and garlic powder. You can make it as spicy as you’d like.
  • Sour cream or fat-free yoghurt.
  • Guacamole.
  • Taco sauce.
  • Salsa.

Fish Taco Salad

You will need:

  • Several bowls and platters
  • Whole grain tortilla chips (healthier) or tortilla bowl
  • Flaked fish, such as Tilapia
  • Shredded romaine lettuce (iceburg lettuce has the least nutrients)
  • Sliced red peppers
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Shredded Mexican style cheese
  • Lemon wedges – to squeeze the juice onto the taco
  • Fish sauce
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Spanish rice is good on the side or in the taco as well

Taco salads with fish are very high in protein and low in fat, especially if you use low-fat cheese. This is really good if you have fish leftovers, because taco salad recipes can easily be made in any amount. Or cook up about 3 to 4 fish fillets in advance, depending on the size of your group. As usual, just serve the various ingredients in bowls or on platters, and let your group build their own tacos.

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Elderly fiesta activities and parties are popular any season. Any time is a great time (especially in the winter when you wish it was warm out)! All you need are fun fiesta party items, plus Mexican food and recipes. Maybe some special party bags and party invitations. And, of course, pinatas. You can get many of your party supplies wholesale. Or make them yourself — we have ideas!

(Also see our “recipe central” page at Easy Healthy Recipes).

You can modify them for a special family dinner, celebration, or for small or large groups. Let your imagination go wild with decorations too – even make centerpieces yourself. These make great senior activity ideas. Also try hand-made invitations. See the end for decoration ideas.

How about a little entertainment? Does the local senior center, a school, college, church, Latino cultural center, or a theater group have talent who can come over to demonstrate dancing or music? You can definitely get music from the local music store or library. But live entertainment is always more fun!

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Menu

Build Your Own Taco Salad

A taco salad is a super-easy way to offer a large variety of food that is sure to please everyone – because they can make their own the way they want to, buffet style.

If you need to serve sit-down dinner style, you could put small bowls of various items on each table to choose from. Use fresh foods as much as possible with plenty of color. Our suggestions include a few items that are a bit out of the ordinary, to add interest.

You will need several bowls and platters, and any of the following food options:

  • Tortilla chips – Use a variety of colors, such a traditional yellow corn, white, whole grain, or blue corn.
  • Some people like to use a taco bowl as well.
  • Sliced yellow and red onions, or scallions.
  • Greens can include traditional lettuce, romaine, spinach leaves, or a spring greens mix.
  • Bowls of chopped or whole black and green olives – some with pimento.
  • Several types of cheese such as cheddar, asiago, or manchego. A Mexican blend is great too.
  • Bowls of black beans and pinto beans; refried is fine. Canned garbanzo beans are also very good.
  • Chopped red peppers, as well as yellow and green.
  • Chopped yellow and red tomatoes.
  • Fresh corn removed from the cob, or cooked frozen corn.
  • Cilantro and parsely.
  • Shredded chicken or beef – you can cook spices into the meat such as cumin, coriander, black pepper, and garlic powder. You can make it as spicy as you’d like.
  • Sour cream or fat-free yoghurt.
  • Guacamole.
  • Taco sauce.
  • Salsa.

Another menu item is unique and really delicious — have you heard of chicken with chocolate sauce ?? It’s both a little sweet and spicy! This is a traditional Mexican dish, and we have a great recipe. Just click to get our chicken with chicken chocolate sauce recipe!  Or try a great fish taco recipe  (with a few surprises) – it’s a yummy alternative to the standard taco.

Beverage – Sangria!

Elderly fiesta activities just must include Sangria — basically a wine punch of wine and fruit over ice. We have two excellent sangria recipes, one for red and one white. There are also suggestions for variations. Sangria can also be made with non-alcoholic juice such as Catawba, but the recipe may need to be adjusted a bit, to taste.

Just click on the link to our easy sangria recipe ideas. Make it with either red or white wine (or sparkling grape juice for a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage). Remember, you can use a variety of fruits, fresh is best, and whatever is seasonal.

Dessert

We’ll make this simple: anything chocolate is wonderful with this type of menu. Chocolate, after all, is native to Mexico and Central and South America. Favorite elderly activities involve food (especially desserts!). Why not make dessert a special project for your elderly fiesta activities — do it up fancy or basic.

Try this really easy and fun chocolate covered strawberry project — complete with unique ways to decorate them! Use your imagination to decorate them with a fiesta them too. Take a look at our page on how to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Or check out lots of other healthy desserts at Healthy Dessert Recipes.

Decorations

Decorations are favorite elderly fiesta activities – with color, color, color! Bright colors are the theme here – choose a scheme of three or four different fiesta colors to mix and match.

Got a sombrero? It’s easy to get one – use it as a centerpiece, or turn it upside down and insert at bowl filled with tortilla chips. Or a flameless pillar candle. They have lots of uses!

Setting the table — Go to a dollar store and get a brightly colored paper table cloth, at least for the main serving table. Fiesta themes and Mexican decor are very popular, and you can often find these themed items in party stores.

If your budget allows, get a table cloth for each table, and contrasting paper napkins. If you have a yellow table cloth, try orange, yellow, turquoise, bright purple, hot pink, and/or green napkins. You can find sticker decals shaped like sun bursts or flowers to adhere to the corner of the napkins.

Piñatas — Naturally! And stuffed with treats make excellent fiesta decorations! You can get lots of no-sugar candies. Other fiesta party ideas include theme colored balloons, party bags with colored shredding and curly ribbon, and party favors — try making them. Small sombreros and tiny faux pinatas are also often available in craft stores; as well as small, Mexican style painted vases. You can put a tiny bright flower in them.

Napkin rings — These can be made by simply tying raffia or bright ribbon around the napkin and inserting an artificial or real flower. If you find the tiny piñatas in a store, you can also attach or hang them on the napkin. A bright sticker can be adhered to the corner of the napkin. Making napkins rings are fun but simple elderly fiesta activities.

Centerpieces — Putting together centerpieces are fun elderly fiesta activities to help prepare for the party. Collect empty plastic water bottles in advance. Remove the labels and fill the bottoms with natural stones or marbles to weigh them down.

Colored sand is fun as well. Fill the bottles about two-thirds with water. You can even add food coloring to make colored water. Then insert just one, big colorful flower and one tall reed or slender leaf into the bottle. If you do not want to use water in the vase, artificial flowers are fine too.

Or you may already have a favorite flower craft to make instead. Tie raffia or a ribbon that matches your color scheme around the top of the plastic bottle. If you have any squirt “puffy paint” (a.k.a. 3D paint) on hand, you can add decorative squiggle stripes around the bottom or middle of the bottles, or add dots.

Other easy elderly fiesta activities involve painting clay pots for many uses — for plants and flowers, as a pillar candle holder, insert a bowl for snacks, etc. Learn how to make one like the sample on the right. It’s the color scheme that makes the difference. Any type of easy flower design and some squiggles will do too.

Besides these elderly fiesta activities…
also see:

Chicken Chocolate Sauce — Want to go all out? A fabulous new Mexican recipe for your fiesta! Have your ever tried (or even heard of) chicken with chocolate sauce? It’s unique!
Easy Wine and Chocolates Party — A wine and chocolates party is very versatile: either casual yet elegant, or more elaborate. Whatever suits your event.

In addition to these elderly fiesta activities, we have lot more ideas…

Our Kindle Books!

Be sure to find out about our Kindle books page. In our “Fun Party Themes for Seniors” book, we have lots more suggestions and activities for a fiesta too, plus dozens of other party ideas (many with planning steps from start to finish, including the menu). And to go along with it, a special book with loads of games! Something for everyone and for just about every occasion — many fun games to use with your elderly fiesta activities.

Our Craft Book

Easy Crafts and Gifts  – Find out about lots more easy yet quality craft ideas, including some more for elderly fiesta activities – more than 120 projects!  For any season and ability. Plus a FREE booklet of templates to use for a variety of projects.

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With a few surprises, this yummy fish taco recipe is an alternative to the standard taco. And really easy!

Have you ever tried fish tacos? I’m a picky eater and I loved them! They’re really easy to put together, and you can let your guests build their own.

So these tacos are both very nutritious and great when you want to serve something fun, unusual, and fast. They’re great if you need fiesta party ideas and to go along with other senior activities.

Fish Taco Recipe

You will need:

A white fish; i.e., Tilapia (amount is up to you depending on group size)
Taco shells
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Shredded cabbage slaw
Sliced jalapeno peppers
Cilantro
Shredded white Mexican style cheese
Chopped mango or peach salsa

Either bake or pan fry a white fish such as Tilapia with a little lemon juice and olive oil. Flake it into your serving bowl.

Set out bowls of your other ingredients for the fish taco recipe that the guests can choose from
…shredded cabbage slaw (plain, or with vinegar and olive oil), sliced jalapeno peppers, cilantro, shredded white Mexican style cheese, and of course taco shells. An excellent added touch is chopped mango, or a pre-made peach salsa from the store. And you may have other ideas of your own!

It is easy to modify this fish taco recipe as necessary. If some of your guests have elderly issues that make a traditional taco shell too awkward to eat, just put the above ingredients on top of tortilla chips, taco salad style. Then it can be eaten with a fork. You could also serve it in a pre-made taco bowl.

Beverages:
Fiesta party ideas need a fun beverage. This fish taco recipe is great with our Easy Sangria Recipe ideas or with fruit juice (I use all-natural juice with no added sugar, such as Knudsen brand). You can make ice cubes frozen with pieces of fruit in them for an extra festive touch. The ice cubes themselves can also be made of fruit juice.

If you are serving fruit juice, try making “fizzy juice” by filling the glass about one-half full with juice and one-fourth full of carbonated water (this leaves room at the top for your special ice cubes). And, of course, there is the popular Margarita as a choice as well.

We also have a great version of a Build Your Own Taco Salad. And lots more. Visit our page about fiesta party ideas, at Elderly Fiesta Activities.

Dessert:
Did you know that anything chocolate goes great with Mexican food? Chocolate, after all, originated in the region. See our super-easy page on how to decorate and Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

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