Tacos are a traditional Mexican food that has transcended barriers. Made of delicious corn tortillas filled with different types of toppings and with the option to choose between soft or hard taco shells, this traditional dish has known how to be adapted while maintaining its yummy flavors! Tacos are a favorite option for many due to their versatility, and pairing them with some salsa makes them a top choice.

In this blog, we will learn more about tacos and their history, and what better day to do it than National Taco Day?


The History of Tacos

Did you know that during the 16th century, tacos were already being made by the Aztec Mexicas? They used flat cornbread called tlaxcalli and filled them with delicious fillings! The fascinating origin of tacos as we know them today is still a mystery! Food historians say these delectable delights might have emerged in the 18th century within Mexican silver mines. Surprisingly, “taco” was initially used to refer to the explosive charges used to extract silver ore from the mines’ rock. 🌮


Taco Varieties Around the World

types of tacos

You’ll discover a delightful range of flavorful fillings, including beef, pork, fish, or vegetables. Enjoy exploring the delicious options! The most popular are:

  • Tacos al pastor
  • Cochinita pibil tacos
  • Chorizo tacos
  • Suadero tacos
  • Carnitas tacos
  • Chicharron tacos
  • Barbacoa tacos
  • Birria tacos
  • Carne Asada tacos

Whatever kind of taco you fancy, give them a delicious boost with these classic, tangy toppings: onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice!


Taco Toppings and Salsas

tacos with salsas

There’s nothing like a delicious salsa to complement your tacos! There are plenty of options, from mild and tangy to hot and spicy. Some popular salsas include:

  • Pico de Gallo
  • Habanero sauce
  • Chipotle salsa
  • Salsa Verde
  • Salsa Roja

And let’s not forget about the toppings! These add an extra layer of flavor and texture to your tacos. Some delicious options are:

  • Queso fresco
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese


Taco Pairings: Sides and Drinks

Tacos are great on their own, but they can also be paired with delicious sides and drinks to create a complete meal. Some popular side dishes include:

  • Rice and beans
  • Corn on the cob
  • Mexican street corn
  • Churros for dessert 

And don’t forget about the drinks! Traditional options like aguas frescas that go perfectly with tacos are:

  • Horchata
  • Jamaica
  • Tamarind
  • Aguas de frutas (fruit waters)
  • Other beverages like beer or even tequila can be a good pair too


History of National Taco Day

barbacoa tacos

This delightful dish has crossed borders, becoming a staple in many cuisines, evolving to reflect local tastes and ingredients.

National Taco Day 🌮 is a relatively recent invention celebrated on the 4th of October, likely originating in the United States to celebrate and promote this versatile and delicious dish. It’s gained popularity over the years, with restaurants offering special deals and households joining the celebration. So, let’s take a moment to honor the humble taco and indulge in its many delicious forms through October! 


Taco Day Celebration Ideas

men eating taco

If you’re planning on celebrating National Taco Day, here are some fun and creative ideas to make the most out of this delicious day:

Go Out to a Mexican Restaurant or Taco Truck 🌮

Indulge in authentic flavors at your favorite Mexican restaurant, or try a new taco truck in town. Enjoy trying different types of tacos and salsas, and remember to pair them with a refreshing drink like horchata or aguas frescas!

Host a Taco Party 🎉

Invite your friends over for a taco party! If you want to maintain the original flavors of Mexican cuisine, hiring an expert catering company is the way to go. The Taco Guy Catering is a popular option that offers delicious and authentic Mexican tacos, making your party a success.

Make Your Tacos 🌮

Get creative in the kitchen and make your tacos at home! You can experiment with different fillings, toppings, and salsas. It’s also an excellent opportunity to involve your friends or family in creating their unique taco creations.


Celebrating National Taco Day with The Taco Guy Catering

What better way to celebrate National Taco Day than hosting a taco party? And even better, you don’t have to do all the work yourself! The Taco Guy Catering offers various taco catering services to make your celebration unforgettable. They have been catering to Southern California for years and have become a top choice for many regarding authentic Mexican tacos. Get in touch with us today and get a free estimate!