Dressing up taco night

I talk about tacos a lot on this blog. I just love them so much they really hold a special place in my heart. The weird thing is that when I was a kid I really didn't like tacos (Say what, Marissa!?! You cray!) I suppose I'm just making up for lost time now, stuffing my face with the delicious meat filled discs whenever I get the chance. When it's a hot day, and you don't really feel like cooking, you can cut up a bunch of fresh veggies and toppings and make yourself a fancy taco bar. The "trick" I'm going to fill you in on, is a little secret I learned from my dear friend, Ana. First, you need to head to Trader Joe's and pick up some of their traditional carnitas. One package is just barely enough for two people, but if you have a big eater in your family, you're going to want to pick up at least two packages. This stuff is like gold, it's pre-cooked, pre-seasoned, so all you have to do is heat and serve. See below for more photos and garnish ideas. 

You can heat up your carnitas on the stovetop or in the microwave. I throw a little olive oil in a non-stick pan and then heat it up and doctor it up with a few more spices. Then I get to chopping and preparing the fillings. I made some picked red onions, and chopped up some avocado, pineapple, cilantro, radishes, jalepenos, and limes. Then serve with a side of sour cream and you're ready to build some tacos! 

What are you favorite taco fillings?

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