NATIONAL TACO DAY
Get one, two or three on National Taco Day. On October 4th, the day recognizes the savory tortilla stuffed with fillings. It doesn’t have to be Tuesday, so get out and enjoy your favorite.
The history of tacos predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. Anthropological evidence shows the native people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish. At the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans. Hernan Cortes arranged this meal for his captains in Coyoacan. It is unclear why the Spanish used the word taco to describe this native food. One suggested origin is the word ataco, meaning stuff or to stuff.
In 1964, Roberto L. Gomez established The National Taco Council. The council sent a 55-pound taco to President Johnson in 1967.
Whether you prefer soft or hard-shelled tortillas, most agree tacos satisfy a snack craving. However, they also make delicious meals. Consider that many are filled with seasoned, lean meats and vegetables, tacos go beyond delicious. Fish tacos and shrimp tacos with grilled seafood add a whole other flavor profile. Ask for grilled chicken and hold the cheese.
Many restaurants offer specials on this food holiday, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTacoDay
While it may not be Tuesday (or maybe it is!) it’s time to have some tacos. Go out for tacos or make them at home. There are many traditional varieties of tacos. Try a style of taco you’ve never had before. You may be surprised by how many options there. While you’re celebrating be sure to share recipes and give a shout out to your favorite Mexican restaurants, food trucks, and taco stands.
Use #NationalTacoDay to post on social media. Be sure to tell everyone about the Taco Day Deals found over here…
NATIONAL TACO DAY HISTORY
Our research found that National Taco Day began in 2009. However, National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this food holiday.