We’d be lying if we said we didn’t eat tacos at least once a week. So give us an occasion to celebrate them and we’ll gladly oblige. Here, our four essentials for hosting an epic taco night, whether it’s for two or twenty.

flour tortillas with lime
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Let’s Start with the Tortillas

Some may disagree, but we believe the tortilla is the most important component of a taco. Why, you ask? It should be able to hold all of your fillings without completely falling apart. Whether you choose hard or soft, corn or even cauliflower, don’t underestimate this element. (Tip: Toast the tortilla in a hot skillet before filling it up.)

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cooked flank steak with lime
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Next Up: The Main Ingredient

Depending on your food preferences, choose one protein to be the star of the taco. We personally love this juicy and tender flank steak, but other delicious options are baked tilapia, sweet potatoes and black beans or even scrambled eggs (seriously). Make your decision wisely, because whatever you choose will set the tone for the toppings.

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cucumber salsa
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Now for the Extras

Ready for the fun part? Dress your little roll-ups with all the toppings. (Insert “guac is extra” joke here.) To complement flank steak, we’d add a cool, crunchy cucumber salsa that has the slightest kick from jalapeño. Opting for black beans? Add a blue cheese crema and fresh cubes of avocado. Oh, and you know what pairs well with scrambled eggs? Pancake “tortillas,” crispy bacon and cheddar cheese.

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Sponsored coca cola with steak tacos
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Finally, a Refreshing Complement

Last but certainly not least, something fizzy to wash it down. Complement your meal with an ice-cold Coke. A little sweetness is exactly what you need to counteract the salty and savory flavors of those tacos.

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