We love pizza, crepes and sushi. They are cultural staples that, thankfully, remain classics. On October 4, we celebrate an ethnic dish that stays true to its roots while serving up delicious culinary diversity. On Taco Day, you can have your favorite any way you want it.
Let’s sample filling options. You can choose healthy veggies or select something from a carnivore’s dream list. Spicy beef, succulent pork and tender chicken come to mind. When you fill up on fish tacos, you are enjoying a meal that originated with ancient Toltecs who settled the lake-filled Valley of Mexico.
Consider the choices for wrapping up a great taco. You might go with crunchy yellow corn shells, soft flour tortilla wraps or puffy, deep-fried masa shells. If you go with the puffy tacos, you will impress your food historian friends. Puffy shells are made from finely ground maize, much like the Aztecs enjoyed before Cortez upended their civilization.
Taco Day offers a savory flexibility that fits every schedule. Start with soft breakfast tacos. Move on to lunch with a traditional taco plate. Hearty taco casseroles make sensational dinners. You can even turn tacos into soups or salads. Try that epicurean trick with pizza, moussaka or sushi.
Choose any setting. Tacos are a Mexican original that probably started here in 1905. That is when they put the San Antonio Chili Queens’ food stand on the Texas map. Today, tacos rule in tiny taquerias, five-star restaurants and indie food trucks across the country.
It all explains why we enjoy 4.5 billion tacos every year. They let us riff on their origins without losing an ounce of their authenticity. No matter how we stuff them, when we eat them or where we indulge our appetites, they deserve their celebration on Taco Day. Join us as we raise our ritas to tasty tacos and shout out a joyful ole!