Taco? Soft or Crispy?
Did you know that the word taco derives in from a word which typically means a plug or wad used to fill a hole? That’s one of many things about the beloved Mexican dish I bet you didn’t know. Wikipedia also informs us that the taco predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico, in the article, Taco. Needless to say there’s a lot more to this popular nosh than appears on the plate.
It probably will surprise you that Glen William Bell, Jr., the founder of Taco Bell, didn’t invent the taco. In fact, Casablanca Mexican Restaurant’s article on the history of the taco, references more indigenous origins. The restaurant’s being located in Massachusetts instead of Texas, California or Florida attests to the popularity of this fun little finger-food. Taco Bell however, spurred its popularity.
Katy June Friesen of Smithsonian.com interviewed Jeffrey M. Pilcher, professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Professor Pilcher shared his ideas of where the taco came from. Would you be surprised to find that there is a revival of the popularity of the taco in Mexico due to the influx of Lebanese immigrants?
The introduction of shawarma and gyros to Mexican palatine delights means another kind of taco, tacos Arabes. There are a few other interesting tidbits about the taco which will interest you in the article, Where Did the Taco Come From? The two most popular versions of the taco are the soft taco (flour tortilla) and the crispy taco (made with a fried corn tortilla).
Visit the videos in the table below for easy instructions for making these delicious Mexican favorites. I share my own recipe for vegetarian soft tacos in a Hubpages article, Southwestern Soft Tacos
- – An easy to follow tutorial on making Shawarma.
- – How to make gyros at home.
- Soft Tacos
- – Chicken soft tacos, a crowd pleaser anytime.
- Crispy Tacos
- – Killer beef taco recipe.
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