Today we are drawing food! Not any food, TACOS! Yum! I’m so excited to teach you to how to draw a taco.

Food art has been “a thing” since the beginning of ART! Cave people used to draw Buffalo and cattle, Egyptians made images of grains, Renaissance painters made still life paintings of fruit and we get TACOS!

I mean, we really win on this one.

How to draw a taco

We are going to start with a simple crunchy tacos shape. Then if you’re feeling good you can do soft tacos and burritos…the ideas are endless!

Supplies for drawing a taco

Supplies: Here’s what you’ll need to draw your tacos for the fiesta today!

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black marker
  • Crayons or colored pencils (or markers)

To get started:

Let’s make sure our paper is landscape, that means long like a train.

Artist tip: This is the first step every time; point to the middle of your paper with your finger.

This will tell your eyes how much space you have to draw in. It does not have to be exact!

How to sketch a taco

1. Let’s draw! Figure where you want your tacos on the paper and how big. Is it on a plate? Start with a diagonal line, giving a gentle upward curve.

Outline of a taco

2. Next, we are going to draw a big curved line- like a rainbow. Start this line about 2-3 finger widths from the beginning of the first line, make sure the lines touch. End the line at the end of the first line…like a lowercase b, lying down on its back, with a big belly.

3. Next, we are going to draw the back line of the taco. This will come off the beginning of the curve of the rainbow line, and meet at the start of our very first line. I ended up rounding this line to make it look like a U shape at the bottom. Remember, the eraser is a great tool for us Artists!

How to draw a taco and filling instructions

4. Now for the fillings, the best part of eating a taco. I’ve added some beef, shredded cheese, a tomato and lettuce.

    1. A bumpy half circle shape in the bottom of the taco, is the beef.
    2. A few curved rectangles are the shreds of cheese.
    3. A larger bumpy half circle is the lettuce.
    4. A smooth half circle for the tomato.

How to draw a taco easy

5. Ok!  Trace over all the pencil lines with the black marker. I’ve added a few details as I go, bumps in the beef, seeds in the tomato and dots on the taco shell to add texture.

How to draw a taco step by step instructions

6. Let’s add some color. You can also add shadows to make it look more delicious!

There you go! You’ve done it! A TACO!

See if you can draw a whole taco fiesta! (Party!) YUM! This is making me hungry.

What else can you think of, chips and salsa, guacamole, burritos?

Let’s see what else we can draw together…next time.

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