Easy Hospitality Meal for Every Eater

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer

Inviting people into our homes to share meals together seems to be a habit that happens less and less these days. And I get it. It’s hard. We’re busy. They’re busy. 

It’s true. Practicing hospitality can be a challenge and especially daunting in today’s world of Pinterest-perfect idealism (just let it go!). It can also be confusing to plan a meal while taking into consideration potential food allergies and simple food preferences (picky eaters, anyone??). 

But I whole-heartedly think that the benefits far outweigh the challenges. There’s just something about sharing a meal together in the comfort of someone’s home. It’s a special sort of vulnerability to see each other’s messes, the pictures on our walls, and special places we call home. The time invested in conversations across the table or on the couch with a hot cup of coffee can do more for community building in a few hours than dozens of hours of small talk at work or church. 

Easy Hospitality Meal for Every Eater- Build Your Own Taco Bar

One of my favorite meals to plan for friends is setting up a taco bar. If the idea of preparing food is holding you back from hospitality…If cooking just isn’t your thing…If it just seems like there’s never enough time to get ready…then why give a taco bar a try?

It’s easy to prepare beforehand and requires little prep once guests arrive. And it’s a perfect meal to accommodate a variety of food allergies or preferences.

Gluten-free? No problem. Vegetarian? Got you covered. Dairy-free? Yep. Your kid only likes cheese? Sure thing. 

It’s a no-fuss meal that everyone is familiar with. You can buy everything pre-made or spend a little time in the afternoon putting together a few toppings. 

Easy Hospitality Meal for Every Eater- Build Your Own Taco Bar

Here’s what I like to include in our taco bar: 

  • Taco shells
  • Ground beef (seasoned with taco seasoning)
  • Black beans and/or pinto beans (seasoned with taco seasoning)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole (I love Wholly Guacamole from Costco- so convenient and delicious!)
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • Shredded romaine lettuce

  Easy Hospitality Meal for Every Eater- Build Your Own Taco Bar

Embrace the vulnerability of bringing people into your home, prioritize people over false notions of what hospitality has to look like, and take joy in the sweet gifts of friendship and community! It’s worth it

Can you think of a family or friend to show hospitality to? Do you have a meal is your “go-to” for inviting friends over? 


About Lisa

Lisa is married to her best friend and has three inquisitive and energetic kids. She loves crafty things like sewing and painting and actually enjoys cooking with her kids, and making crackers and pasta from scratch. In the busy fullness of life with young children, Lisa strives to live faithfully, remembering the hope of the gospel in all the everyday things. She blogs about a "pilgrim life", living in grace now and waiting for a more permanent, eternal home at thispilgrimlife.com.