National Taco Taco Day

Colorful taco truck parked on a vibrant city street, people lined up wearing sombreros, festive Mexican decorations hanging in the background..
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Tacos, tacos, and more tacos! Get ready to celebrate National Taco Taco Day, a day dedicated to indulging in the deliciousness of these Mexican goodies. Whether you're a soft shell lover or a hard shell enthusiast, this national day has got you covered. So, tighten your belt and loosen your taste buds, because it's taco time!

When is Taco Taco Day?

It's national taco taco day on the 4th October.

The Birth of National Taco Taco Day

Every year on October 4th, taco lovers rejoice as National Taco Taco Day arrives on the scene. But how did this culinary fiesta come to be? Well, the origins of this delightful day are quite mysterious. Some say it all started when a group of taco enthusiasts gathered around a table, debating which type of taco was the ultimate champion. They couldn't settle on just one, so they decided to celebrate them all by creating National Taco Taco Day. Others claim that an ancient taco recipe was discovered in a hidden temple and the finders deemed it worthy of its very own day of honor. While we may never know the true story behind this national day, one thing is for sure: tacos deserve all the love and attention they can get.

A Global Taco Fiesta

Tacos have become a beloved dish not only in Mexico but all around the world. From street vendors in Mexico City to gourmet taco trucks in Los Angeles, these handheld wonders have captured the hearts (and stomachs) of food enthusiasts everywhere.

But what makes a taco so special? Well, it's the perfect combination of flavors and textures. The soft tortilla wraps around a filling of your choice, whether it's succulent grilled meat, crispy fish, or sautéed vegetables. Then comes the topping extravaganza, with options like tangy salsa, creamy guacamole, zesty lime, and crunchy lettuce. Each bite is a burst of deliciousness that will transport you to taco heaven.

Fun Taco Facts

Did you know that the word 'taco' actually means 'light lunch' in Spanish? It's no wonder why tacos have become such a popular choice for a quick and flavorful meal.

Another fun fact: tacos have inspired countless creative variations. From the Korean-inspired tacos filled with spicy grilled meat and kimchi to the innovative dessert tacos stuffed with sweet fillings like Nutella and fresh fruits, there's a taco for every palate.

So, whether you prefer to celebrate with traditional tacos or adventurous twists, National Taco Taco Day is the perfect excuse to satisfy your cravings. Grab your friends, gather your favorite fillings, and have a fiesta that will make your taste buds dance!

History behind the term 'Taco Taco'


The Emergence of the Taco

The term 'taco taco' traces its origin back to the 1920s when tacos first gained popularity in Mexico. Tacos are traditional Mexican dishes consisting of a tortilla filled with various ingredients, such as meat, vegetables, cheese, and salsa. They were initially sold by street vendors and quickly become a beloved staple of Mexican cuisine.


The Rise of Fast-Food Tacos

In 1949, Glen Bell opened the first Taco Bell restaurant in California, marking a significant milestone in the history of tacos. Glen Bell was inspired by the Mexican street vendors and sought to bring the flavors of tacos to a wider audience. This marked the beginning of fast-food tacos, which were more convenient and easily accessible to the general public.


The Double Taco

In 1972, the term 'taco taco' gained prominence when the famous Mexican fast-food chain, Taco Bueno, introduced their signature item, the 'Double Taco.' The Double Taco was essentially two tacos layered together with additional fillings, providing a meatier and more indulgent taco experience. This innovative creation further popularized the term and elevated the taco culture.


The Reinvention of the Taco

By the 1990s, tacos had become a beloved food worldwide. However, this decade witnessed a culinary revolution as chefs began experimenting with fusion cuisines. They brought new flavors and ingredients to the traditional taco, redefining its boundaries. This reinvention of the taco led to the term 'taco taco' representing not just a specific dish, but a symbol of innovation and culinary creativity.


The Taco Food Trucks

In 2009, the rise of food trucks became a global phenomenon, and tacos played a prominent role in this movement. Taco trucks became popular for offering a wide variety of delicious tacos, often with unique and unconventional flavor combinations. This resurgence of the taco truck culture further solidified the term 'taco taco' as a representation of the evolving and dynamic nature of tacos.

Did you know?

Did you know that the word 'taco' actually means 'light lunch' in Spanish?


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7th July 2015

Most mentioned on

4th October 2019

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