It’s all about the Love

A wonderful way to show someone you care about them is to bring them dinner.  Whether they are celebrating the birth of a child, struggling with illness, surgery, or just having a bad day, not having to worry about feeding their family is always appreciated.

With each of our 6 children, we have been blessed to have friends and family members who brought us a meal to help with the transition and it was definitely a lifesaver!  

I have been able to provide dinner for friends for various reasons.  

Tacos

Tacos is a favorite that is sure to please and can be quite convenient to give to others.

Preparation

Sometimes you will have a few days notice to plan on a meal to bring someone. 

Other times it will be a spur of the moment thing. Maybe you are picking your child up from school and start chatting with another mom and notice they are feeling sick or otherwise under the weather.  It is so helpful in times like this to have some easy, ready to prepare options so you can act on your inclination to serve and offer dinner.

Pre-made Meat Makes it Even Faster

This is where it is helpful to have some taco meat already frozen.  It is less expensive to buy ground beef in large quantities. I like to buy the meat and then cook and season it all at once. 

Sometimes I use a portion of the meat for a meal other than tacos and season accordingly, but I always make sure I have plenty of taco meat to last. 

It is so much more convenient to take frozen taco meat out of the freezer and warm it in the microwave than to brown it up separately every time.

If you try to keep frozen taco meat ready to use, it will be easy to bring dinner to a friend at a moment’s notice.

If you don’t have any frozen taco meat, don’t despair! You can brown up your meat and it will be fresh and delicious.

Packaging is Key

One of the keys that will make this meal successful is to package the individual components in ziplock bags or other disposable containers.  To me, it defeats the purpose of bringing someone dinner if you leave them with dishes that need to be washed and returned.  

If you are so inclined, it is also super nice to provide paper plates and silverware for them to eat off of so they really will not have any dishes to worry about. 

In this particular case, I also sent plastic bowls so that they could dump the toppings in them for easier serving.

Providing paperware for the recipient of the meal is a nice touch that will save them from having to do any dishes.

Gather the Components

Must Haves

Once you have the meat under control, it is time to put together the other ingredients needed for tacos. The following are staples for a taco meal:

  • Taco meat.
  • Diced tomatoes.
  • Chopped or shredded lettuce.
  • Shredded cheese.
  • Taco shells (flour, corn or hard shells).
Warming the tortillas over the stove doesn’t take much extra time and gives the tortillas a more authentic taste. If you are crunched for time, warming them in the microwave will work as well.

Optional Toppings That Will Add Variety

In addition, it is nice to add the following if you have them:

  • Chopped bell peppers.
  • Chopped jalapenos.
  • Chopped avocados.
  • Black olives, sliced or crushed.
  • Salsa.
  • Tortilla chips.
  • Refried beans.
  • Sour cream.
  • Black beans.
There are many options when it comes to tacos. Including a variety of toppings will add to the deliciousness of the meal and ensure that everyone will find something they like!

Think About Sides

Whenever I am given the opportunity to provide a meal to a friend, I try to add in a dessert and at least one appropriate side. While not required, they certainly add a nice touch. With this particular meal, I included some cookies and sliced oranges.

Fruit balances any meal. If possible, it is always a great idea to add whatever fruit is in season to the meal you are giving.

Put It All Together

Once you have all of the pieces of the meal, consolidate it into a box or large bag and you’re ready to deliver it!

Your service and thoughtfulness will surely be appreciated.