We need to taco ’bout something.
From live insects wrapped in 16th century corn tortillas to the incredibly successful love child of a nacho cheese chip and America’s favorite taco, the taco’s humble beginnings expose traditions that have since been lost within a fast food menu. The exact origin of the taco is generally unknown, which is compelling for a food that’s so ubiquitous. However, some anthropologists claim that there is evidence dating back to 16th century Mexico, pre-dating the arrival of the Spanish. Notwithstanding its blurry history, the taco has become a cultural symbol in parts of the world that don’t even have Mexico as a neighbor.
Every day is #TacoTuesday.
Glancing at the different versions of the taco throughout centuries will give us a history lesson without having to GTS (Google that… stuff). Corn was a routinely ordinary ingredient for Mexican meals since as early as 3000 BCE. It was considered the “seed of life”, because it helped sustain civilizations with food, trade and art. When the Spanish came to Mexico in the 16th century, they discovered the flat corn bread of the Aztecs and named it “tortilla”. Soon, the introduction of European meats and vegetables made their way into Mexican cuisine, and the fusion of native cuisine with that of the European invaders gave birth to many staple Mexican dishes that we enjoy today.
Fast food chains and restaurants across the U.S have jumped on the taco train. And the fact that you can now get your tacos from a truck or a food delivery service proves that the taco will continue to stand the test of time.