qz.com – In this increasingly divided world of political infighting and unrest, tacos can unite us as a nation. Today is National Taco Day and according its website, Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos last year, enough to stretch to the moon and back. Restaurants and taco lovers around the country are celebrating the day with deals and discounts in honor of the humble, delicious, versatile Mexican street food.
In his book, Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food, Jeffery M. Pilcher, a history professor at the University of Minnesota, traces the origins of the taco back to silver mines in Mexico during 18th century. In the mines, “taco” referred to the charges used to excavate ore, in the form of little pieces of paper they would wrap around gunpowder. The first “taco” references in an archive or dictionary were at the end of the 19th century and one of the first types of tacos was called tacos de minero—miner’s tacos. Taquerías have since become a fixture of working-class neighborhoods and emblematic of Mexico’s popular street food culture.
Another theory is that the word evolved from the indigenous Nahautl word “tlahco,” which means “in the middle,” with the ingredients in a taco being in the middle of the tortilla, but that hasn’t been confirmed by etymologists.
That’s actually really dope and informative read about one of my favorite foods…TACOS!! Here’s a list of places you can go to today for the exquisite Mexican dish. This should be a damn national holiday that we have off of work for,oh well… can’t wait to punish a light 28 tacos for dinner.