It's a taco party!

One of the most common Mexican culinary experiences, which is usually associated with special events and parties. It’s called “taquiza," and to put it simply, it’s like a Mexican taco buffet.

Taquizas are party events that are held outside, in which long tables, or "mesones", adorned with colorful tablecloths, or "manteles", are placed on one end of the garden or yard. Chairs are set all around the site so that attendees have room to talk and socialize with the other guests while enjoying their food and drink. On the tables, there are always big containers filled with stews, or "guisados", corn tortillas, salsas, side dishes, salads, and other food items. There’s also a table used as a makeshift bar where beverages, or "bebidas", such as sodas, beers, liquors, and fresh fruit waters flow freely.

These kinds of parties are popular in part because there’s no need to hire waiters, cooks or additional help; everything is set up to be self-served. The guests get to fix their own plates, choosing between a variety of dishes, or "platillos.

After the people have eaten, the adults spend the afternoon chatting and listening to music. If it’s a big event, there’s even sometimes singing or dancing.

After everybody has had a great time with their family and friends and the event is over, everyone helps clean up after the party, putting things back in place, washing the dishes, and making sure the house is spotless before heading back home. 

Our version of a Taquiza this year looks a little different given our current global situation, but we are committed to highlighting our local Latinx business and helping you experience tacos like you never have before.  


So how will it work in 2020?

  • In mid July, we will be publishing our very first Chattanooga Taco Tour Guide, featuring every Latinx-owned restaurant in the city that serves tacos.

  • Each restaurant will highlight the tacos of their choice, and you will have the chance to try the ones you find the most enticing!

  • Whether it be socially-distanced dining in, take-out or delivery, experience a taco tour through the Scenic City!

  • After you've tried your fill of tacos, help us crown our Golden Taco by voting online

  • The tour will take place the week of July 27th, and we will announce the Golden Taco winner on Facebook on Saturday, August 1st!


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La Paz has been serving the Latinx community in Chattanooga and the surrounding region for more than fifteen years. We build community, develop leaders, and contribute to the strengthening and development of our city by investing in its Latinx population.