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Taco Day!

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month..

National Taco Day!

Did you know today is National Taco Day? I can’t wait to celebrate today with some homemade tacos. Growing up in a Hispanic American household I realize now that my version of tacos growing up is much different from other households. My family, having been here in the States for over a century, have become quite Americanized. Tacos in my house are made of hamburger or chicken wrapped with a crunchy shell topped with lettuce and tomato. Past my childhood experience I found out besides the popular chain restaurants, most tacos sold here in town are made with soft shells. As I grew into adulthood soft shell tacos became my favorite, but this revolution blew my mind as a child.

However, all of this is just from my experience living here in Stockton. There are many different ways to eat tacos, and I truly don’t believe that there is a right or wrong way. Hamburger, Steak, Pork, Chicken, Fish, Veggie, and so many more different ways to eat them. It’s quite uncommon to live in America and not heard of them. Especially here in California where you can find hundreds to thousands of taco trucks and taquerias throughout every populated city. Not to mention all the other chain restaurants that also have this delicious item on their menus.

What a great contribution has this Mexican dish made toward the United States! Here are some interesting and fun facts about tacos:

Did you know that tacos are one of the most popular foods to eat in America? Americans eat approximately, according to, 4.6 billion tacos a year.

There are debates when and where exactly the taco first was invented. Experts believe they have been around for a millennia, since the tortilla was invented. That means some form of taco could have been around 1500 B.C. The first word reference to the word taco was mentioned in the United States in 1905.

The word Taco means in today’s society a “light lunch.” The word “taco” originally meant “paper wrapped around gunpowder.” And literally means “plug” or “wad” in Spanish.

The first Taco truck is believed to come from Los Angeles. (Some sources claim the first was from New York.) The Taco Truck was likely the first food truck in the US.

You can fill a taco with just about anything! There are limitless possibilities!

Will you be celebrating National Taco Day this year? Bring these fun facts to your dinner table!


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