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Create a DIY Taco Bar

Every year my family gets together on Easter to do something outdoors and fun. The last few years were spent on the beach, but this year I would like to host an Easter Dinner with flair. Instead of serving the traditional menu items, I want to create an interactive meal that both children and adults will enjoy. I want to encourage guests to mingle and create their own unique dish with fresh toppings. I came across Kraft Fresh Take Cheese & Breadcrumb mix, and I had the perfect idea!

The flavor varieties of Kraft Fresh Take lends itself to many recipe ideas, but I knew the Southwest Three Cheese blend would be perfect to season chicken with. The result would be a cheesy, spicy chicken perfect for filling taco shells. Creating a DIY Taco Bar for the Easter holiday would be a refreshing take on the typical Easter Dinner, and it would be easy and affordable too.

Fresh Take Taco Bar #shop

The first item I purchased for the meal was the Kraft Fresh Take. If you can’t find this, you can simply use cheese and breadcrumbs. Look for Southwestern style breadcrumb mixes when you’re shopping.

Kraft Fresh Take Seasoning #shop

Once you open the bag, the smell of the garlic was intoxicating (in a good way!). After shaking the chicken breasts in the cheesy mixture, I laid them flat in a baking pan. The oven was already preheated to 375, and we were ready to go.

Kraft Fresh Take #shop Southwest Three Cheese

While the chicken was cooking, I started preparing the taco bar toppings. I didn’t want to overwhelm my guests, but I also wanted there to be several different flavor choices. I looked for fresh, wholesome ingredients to create a tempting taco.

DIY Taco Bar Inspiration #shop

Pico de gallo is my favorite, and it is even better when prepared fresh. Over the years I’ve experimented with different pico de gallo recipes, but this is how I prepare it now. The garlic and lime juice are my personal favorite ways to season this.

Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese Taco Bar #shop

Simple Pico de Gallo

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Make simple pico de gallo for an epic taco night!


  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice


  1. Combine all ingredients. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

The nutritional information here is an estimate. While I try to provide accurate information via Nutritionix, this information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that it will be completely accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any information sunnysweetdays.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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DIY Taco Bar Ideas #shop

As for other taco bar topping ideas, try these:

  • Corn Salsa
  • Mild Salsa
  • Verde Sauce
  • Taco Sauce
  • Jalapenos
  • Shredded Cheese (Pepper Jack is a good choice)
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Green Peppers
  • Olives
  • Sour Cream

With the taco bar stacked, the chicken was fully cooked. I cut each breast to check, and I began to prep the chicken for tacos. 

Kraft Fresh Take Chicken Seasoning #shop

The Kraft Fresh Take was perfect atop these juicy chicken breasts. The mixture stayed on the chicken, and it was easy to manage.

Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese Taco Bar #shop

While this chicken was good to eat as is, I was going to instead chop the breasts into small chunks for the taco bar. I suggest using a large, sharp knife to do this. The mixture stayed on the chicken, and there was a minimal mess.

Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese #shop

Let’s admire the finished product after slicing and dicing the chicken breasts. I was impressed!

Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Cheese Recipe

Prep your taco! If you can find handy taco stands at your local store, stock up! I prefer hard shell tacos, so these stands make everything easier.

Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese

I think my Easter Dinner experiment paid off. I can’t wait to recreate this with my friends and family later in the month. Let’s hope the weather warms up. I am ready for spring!

Create a DIY Taco Bar with Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese #shop

So, what do you top your taco with?

Plan the Most Epic Taco Night:

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