It may be surprising to learn that tacos don’t have a very long history since the taco is a staple of Mexican cuisine. The where and when they came about does not have an exact history. A professor of history at the University of Minnesota, a historian, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, has traveled around the world researching Mexican food. He has a few ideas about the history of tacos. With this in mind, we at Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant would like to further discuss the history of tacos.
What are Miner’s Tacos?
In Mexican silver mines, it is believed that the origin of the taco started. They came about some time in the 19th century according to Mr. Pilcher estimates. The fact that the first type of taco was “taco de minero,” which translates to mean miner’s tacos is where this hypothesis about the taco comes from. Also, the taquitos looking similar to a stick of dynamite is something you may notice. A Spanish word that translates to small taco is taquito. The word taco originally referred to pieces of paper that miners would wrap around gunpowder and use in holes that were carved into the face of the rock. The pieces of paper that miners would wrap around gunpowder and use in holes that were carved into the face of the rock was believed that the word taco originally referred.
Taquería (Taco Shop)
Compared to some of the other Mexican foods dating back to Aztec times, the taco isn’t an age-old cultural food, it is fairly new, as you can see. Also, an important element in the history of the taco is role of the “taquería” (taco shop.) To sell for income, many women migrants brought tacos to Mexico City. With many different styles and kinds of tacos that people could sample, these women eventually made Mexico City into a taco hub.
What is a Street Taco?
The real popularity for the taco came from the popular fast-food chain, Taco Bel. Created a franchise for people that wanted to experience the taco, is the founder of Taco Bell, Glen Bell, for those so didn’t want to travel all the way to Mexico to taste one. Through migrants that traveled to the Los Angeles area in the early 1900s, the taco originally came to the U.S. As a low-class street food was how it was originally seen. The tacos that were sold as street food in the U.S. were not traditional tacos that you would find in Mexico. This is because the ingredients that are available in the United States are not the same as the ingredients that are available in Mexico.
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Even though you may be surprised that tacos did not exist in Aztec days, we can agree all that tacos are easily one of the most popular and delicious Mexican foods out there. No matter whether you like soft or hard tacos, you can experience a delicious meal at Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant.