Tacos are so popular in the United States that last year, Americans consumed over 4.5 billion tacos. How is it that the Mexican staple has found a permanent home in American hearts and streets?
There is a lot more to tacos than their fantastic taste. Here, we discuss seven little-known, interesting taco facts that you can dole out the next time you’re among taco enthusiasts and surprise them with your wealth of knowledge.
Tacos are old
The earliest mention of tacos dates back to the late 19th century. Before it, they were popular as tortillas and not tacos. Tortillas made from corn flour have been a part of the Mexican staple diet since 1500 BCE. Once you fold a tortilla in half with a filling, it becomes a taco. Interestingly, tacos first found favor in Mexican silver mines.
Tacos popularized in the US
Americans not only love tacos, but they have also made them famous. About 50% of Americans visit Taco Bell once every month, the taco giant’s former CEO Greg Creed said in 2016. Funnily, the multinational chain started as a burger stand in 1954. Since it was in a Hispanic neighborhood, they began selling tacos because of high demand.
No tacos at lunchtime
Mexicans don’t have tacos for lunch. On Mexican streets, tacos are available only in the morning or late at night, but never between 12 P.M. to 6 P.M. This is because afternoon meals in Mexico are indulgent and decadent tacos are light, so they don’t quite cut it out.
National Taco Day
Did you know there is a national day to celebrate tacos? The United States observes National Taco Day on October 4 every year. In Mexico, Día del Taco (Day of the Taco) is celebrated on March 31. Now that you know it, no matter wherever you are in the world, take out some time on either or both days to celebrate your favorite Mexican food.
The first food truck
The first food truck was arguably an old ice cream truck refurbished to sell tacos. Raul Martinez, a Mexican immigrant, owned it and would park it outside an East Los Angeles bar. It got so successful that he opened King Taco, a restaurant in 22 locations in California, just six months later.
The biggest taco
The biggest taco ever was 246 feet long and had carnitas filling. It was made in Querétaro, Mexico, in 2011. Meanwhile, the heaviest taco weighed 1,230.2 kg (packaged). Uber Eats and EL Tizoncito at Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, achieved the feat on 26 May 2017.
A Midwest taco chain called Taco John’s registered the term as a trademark in 1989. They are known to send cease-and-desist letters to other chains that use the phrase for marketing. However, research shows that Taco Tuesday has been in use much before Taco John’s trademarked it.
Delicious Mexican food in Honolulu
If you want to have mouthwatering Hawaiian/Mexican food in Honolulu, Surf N Turf Tacos should be your one-stop destination. We offer a wide selection of dishes made from fresh, locally sourced produce at our restaurant in the heart of Waikiki. You can call us at 808.922.8226 or drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to know more.