Have you ever heard of Taco Tuesday? Many Americans enjoy getting tacos on this day of the week as restaurants and dining establishments across the country serve up delicious, innovative, and well-priced taco specials every Tuesday. And this year, Taco Tuesday on Oct. 4 is even more special because it also happens to be National Taco Day!
Tacos originate from Mexico when miners would pack this as their essential meal because of the eating convenience they provided by housing any filling in a tortilla. Through Mexican immigrants coming to the United States, tacos became a widely recognized dish that are now available in all forms and flavors. According to current studies, Americans consume around 4.5 billion tacos a year.
It is important to recognize that tacos have become such a staple, that there are even assorted styles and preparations based on the region and country you are in. For example, an authentic Mexican taco is a corn tortilla with your choice of protein, onions, cilantro and salsa to add on top.
Another example is the Tex-Mex style. This is typically a hard-shell taco, choice of protein, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. And then there are variations like K-Mex tacos that are especially populate in Los Angeles, CA food trucks and feature Korean-style meats, as well as Sur-Mex tacos that you find in the Gulf Coast and Southern regions, which serve up friend chicken tacos or tacos with collard greens.
As you can see, tacos come in assorted sizes, flavors, consistencies and styles overall but given all the variations, they are an enjoyable dish for any craving.
Happy National Taco Day! We hope you celebrate by having a Taco Night of your own or going to your favorite taco shop to enjoy this delicious Mexican delicacy.