Tacos for many, many teenagers.
September 26, 2013 1:24 PM Subscribe
I have volunteered to make a taco dinner for 70 high school students and could use some advice.
posted by sarajane to food & drink (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Mr. Jane is directing a play which involves 70 high school kids in the cast & crew. I have volunteered to provide a dinner for them one night over their rehearsal weekend. I've decided on a taco bar, which is my fall-back menu when I am feeding omnivores, vegetarians and picky eaters. I'm thinking hard corn and soft flour tortillas, ground beef taco meat, maybe some pulled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa (red and green?), cheese, sour cream. All accompanied by "spanish" rice and refried beans, a green salad and brownies or cake for dessert.
I plan to make as much as I can ahead of time and freeze it. This will be in November and I live about 45 minutes away from the school, so I am thinking I will reheat things at the school in the home ec room ovens. I have a Nesco roaster that I was going to outfit with (foil?) pans for the meats and maybe find another one for the rice and beans.
I'm stumped on quantities. I've cooked for large crowds before, but not this large. I also am of the "make more food than less food" mindset so I'm not quite certain about trusting my gut on amounts.
If you have any additional/substitute menu items, I'm all ears. Also, how to keep the flour tortillas warm and pliable? Crockpot?