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Hola amigos! Do you have all of your plans for the rest of the week? If not, we have a suggested entrée to add to your family’s menu – tacos.

October 4 is National Taco Day, and we’re celebrating in our favorite way, with a compiled list of fun facts that you may not already know about the popular Tex-Mex dish. Let’s get started!

  • The word “taco” is seen as the English equivalent to the word “sandwich.”
  • The origin of the word is relatively unknown, but according to Taco Expert Jeffrey M. Pilcher, the word comes from the small explosives used in Mexico silver mines in the 18th The sticks of dynamite were made from pieces of paper wrapped around gunpowder that were placed in the holes of rock.
  • The taco, of course, is made from a flour or corn tortilla, which is then wrapped and folded around a protein-based filling such as beef, pork or fish.
  • Tacos first came to the United States in 1905, thanks to the Chili Queens of San Antonio.
  • We don’t have to tell you that there are dozens of variations of tacos. The most popular version in Mexico is called the Taco al Pastor, which means shepherd’s style taco. This type of taco is made of spiced pork cut in slivers from a vertical spit over an open flame.
  • The biggest taco ever created was made in Queretaro, Mexico, on November 20, 2011. It was made with carnitas filling and was a massive 246 feet long.
  • Many believe that Taco Bell pushed the nationwide popularity of tacos. The chain was first founded in 1962 in California and has served over 2 billion customers in the US alone.
  • Food trucks are often seen as a new form of fast food, but the first truck was opened over 50 years ago. In 1966, two housewives opened a taco truck in New York; the truck did not have an entire kitchen but was available for catering.
  • In 2018, Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos, which equates to 490,000 miles.

What is your favorite type of taco? Let us know in the comments below.

There’s no better time to enjoy everyone’s favorite Mexican dishes. Happy National Taco Day from Lions Pride!

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