When it coms to Mexican food, there are countless dishes, and whether you have one favorite or many preferred dishes, there is quite a fondness for the flavors and mouthwatering goodness. Though there are many fine Mexican dishes readily available at our restaurant, today, we at Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant would like to share a brief history on fish tacos. In coastal areas of the Americas Fish wrapped in tortillas has undoubtedly been eaten for a very long time. However, it has been said that the modern fish taco originated in Baja California on the north-west coast of Mexico.
What are Fish Tacos Usually Made Of?
Generally, with the addition of a spicy element, like chipotle, and finished with salad, such as some shredded cabbage or lettuce, and a squeeze of lime, this style of fish taco follows a standard form of battered deep fried or grilled firm fish, topped with a creamy or mayonnaise-based sauce. Since corn was traditionally less available on the Baja peninsula, it is usually wrapped in in flour tortilla.
What is the Origin of the Fish Taco?
Sometime in the late 50s or early 60s initial research regarding the original creation of the Baja fish taco showed an ongoing debate between the coastal towns of Ensenada and San Filipe. However, after some research and interviews were conducted, it appears that the Ensenada debate is closer to the origins of the fish taco. This version of events is listed below. Being in full operation from 1957 to 1967, it all started in The Mercado Negro, the black market. The first fish taco was cooked up on site around 1960 as shoppers and vendors needed to eat. During that period in the 60s as competition for selling fish tacos in the market grew, innovations such as frying and battering the fish, and adding a salad on top came along. It is unclear exactly when mayo or chipotle mayo was added as part of the dressing, but speculation suggests this addiction came from San Filipe. The rest of fish taco original history seems strongly grounded in Ensenada. Another culture bringing methods for creating the light tempura style batter that is synonymous with the fried fish taco includes other influences could include a wave of Japanese immigration to the region in the 1950’s. The original battered fish may have evolved following local knowledge of those cooking styles, however. Nearly everyone agrees that the fish taco features battered and fried fish, cabbage, salsa and a white sauce tucked into warm corn tortillas, despite the running debate about San Felipe or Ensenada being the birthplace.
Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Las Vegas, Nevada (Just Minutes from Summerlin, North LV, Paradise, Lone Mountain & Henderson, NV)
No matter the origins, many people enjoy their fish tacos and when you have a craving in the Las Vegas Valley, check out Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant and enjoy delicious fish tacos. Our fish tacos consist of two tortillas stuffed with grilled seasonal fish and cabbage. With our fish taco sauce completing the dish, your taste buds will dance. They are also delivered with refried beans. If you are having a craving for Mexican cuisine join us for lunch or dinner!