While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Taco 'bout a great day - October 4 is National Taco Day!
Flour or corn tortilla, meat or no meat, with guacamole or without - tacos provide an endless list of flavor combinations. This popular street food has made its way from Mexico to homes and restaurants the world over.
According to Jeffrey Pilcher, history professor and author of Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food, the word "taco" likely originated from silver mines in 18th century Mexico. Miners would use little charges, or explosives, to break up the ore they were mining. They’d wrap pieces of paper around gunpowder for the job. Because of the wrap's resemblance, the taco took the name. (Gives new meaning to hot sauce!)
Tacos have had a bit of an international facelift since their humble beginnings. The hard taco shell is actually an American invention, as is the taco bowl. Gourmet taquerias are also popping up here, there and everywhere, with lobster and Wagyu beef tacos appearing as regular menu items. Korean barbecue tacos are wildly popular on the West Coast, and instead of pico de gallo, you might find be offered kimchi.
With all the possibilities for delicious tacos, what’s your favorite?
I have started making my own seasoning for ground beef tacos instead of buying the prepacked seasoning packet at the grocery store. I haven't found a recipe I like yet. Anyone have any suggestions?
Don't forget the cumin.
OK, Gang. My Castillan Mexican grandmother made 'em this way. Corn tortilla shell stuffed with shredded beef brisket seasoned with her homemade hot sauce. A layer of shredded cheddar cheese, a layer of sliced black olives, another layer of ice cold chopped iceberg lettuce with a mild oil and cider vinegar dressing, and her homemade hot sauce to taste. She also made refried beans to die for using Hunt's Small Red Beans fried with bacon fat and mashed. Then she would put a layer of Jack Cheese over the beans and bake them in the oven until the cheese was melted. I wish you all could have tasted this absolutely gourmet taco. I, myself, have never been able to exactly duplicate the taste of Granny's tacos.
That sounds awesome!
Bro...I seriously doubt your grandmother was even Mexican. Castillian is a region in Spain, not Mexico... Tacos are made from a few simple and basic ingredients...usually not more than 3 or 4. For examole beans & cheese in a corn tortilla, Bacon & eggs, potato & eggs, bean & eggs, egg, tomato, & cheese...are the best...just keep it simple...with a homemade sauce .....never never never use ingredients from a can. I have gone to many restaurants here in Las Vegas claiming to sell authentic Mexican food and they all sucked...the biggest tip off was the bad salsa from a can that they serve as an appetizer...if they cant even make a decent salsa with homemade chips...thenthe rest will surely suck for sure.
Fish Tacos – finger lickin' good!
Isn't that redundant? ~_~
Have a drink with your taco ... no, not tequila. It's also National Vodka Day.
I guess I am an idiot because I actually like the Old El Paso spices I put in our taco meat. Sometimes it's steak other times ground beef. But yes, I like corn tortillas, steak, pico de gallo and guac on occasion on my tacos. I have no idea if any of that would be construed as a 'real' taco, but by golly it suits my family just fine. Know what I mean Vern?
I make the best tacos. Al pastor, carne asada, pollo asado, machaca, you name it.
It's not national Taco Day, it's national Miniature Siberian Husky Day at http://www.minihuskies.net All the fun of a husky in a much smaller size!
Huskies don't taste good in tacos
Soft tortilla (hard shells are just wrong and gross) quickly pan seared in a little oil, filled with spiced dove meat, a pico of tomatillo, tomato, and onion, and a little queso fresco. Simple, traditional, and full of flavor. No need for anything else – it will just get in the way of the taste.
That sounds fantastic!!!
What do you do with BBQ meat if you don't have any bread? Put it in a flour or corn tortilla. Si!
Street tacos! Steak, seasoning salt, cilantro, red onion, corn tortilla, queso fresca. Maybe some sour cream & guac. So simple. So YUM.
That sounds really good.
I'll be getting some wild boar tacos at the South Philly Tap Room tonight. Wonderful.
Let's all head down to the Taco Torch. You can get 3 tacos for $1 and a free case of food poisoning.
Limburger cheese should be renamed Sarah Palin cheese. Don't you think?
Ugh, why do all these taco places have to be greasy, Mexican restaurants? Where can I go and get a good old fashioned American taco?
They don't exist.
So just like this country, the American taco was made extinct by immigrants. Typical...
Either everyone just got trolled violently or I want to perform a facepalm so hard it goes through my face.
What exactly is an American taco?
I sure hope you're joking!!!
American taco = nasty hard shell, ground up over-seasoned mystery meat, shredded lettuce, and british cheese (cheddar)
taco bell fool
Sorry, I don't want Tex-Mex. I want a 100% American taco.
Tex-Mex is the Americanized ba.star.dization of a taco.
Ha Ha if you eat at Taco Bell you've been slimed. pink slime.
Considering that tacos predate the establishment of the USA, good luck with that. You might as well be pining over American couscous or American kimchi.
Because the best tacos are greasy. And, drum roll please, Mexican. American tacos? Are you kidding me?
What the F**k are you talking about?
While In Mazatlan please visit Calos y Lucias, they are in the Zona Dorda. Tacos tacos Tacos!
Soft tortilla (hard shells are just wrong and gross) quickly pan seared in a little oil, filled with spiced dove meat, a pico of tomatillo, tomato, and onion, and a little queso fresco. Simple, traditional, and full of flavor. No need for anything else - it will just get in the way of the taste.
Jerv, I totally agree! Tacos are good food.
Jack in the box 2 for $ tacos make for the best tacos after long night of drinking.
I agree with Jerv
I love shredded steak, black beans, guacamole, and sour cream with my tacos!
Wow, that does sound good. Thanks for the tobacco read.
So the taco got its name because it looked like a piece of paper wrapped around some gunpowder. Ok. That makes complete sense. HUH?
Cool tunes bluecanary. "This little fu cker was in my backyard this morning stealing pollen." That made me laugh! Thanks.
Considering today's slang euphemism of the term "taco meat",I kinda doubt it too...
Dayum I love tacos. My favorite is simple. Hard taco shell, beef, cheese guach and hot sauce.
I like the pink variety.
So glad you covered that. ~_~
There's a hair in my taco.
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