Happy National Taco Day
Saturday, October 4th is National Taco Day. Tacos may be a traditionally Mexican dish, but last year Americans ate 4.5 BILLION tacos. For a dish so widely available, the history of the taco is really unknown. But according to taco expert (where do we sign up for that job?), Jeffrey M. Pilcher, the word originates from the silver mines in Mexico in the 18th century, when taco referred to the little explosives workers used to extract the ore, but the dish itself predates European colonialism, when Mexican natives would fill tortillas with fish and spices.
Pilcher says the secret to a great taco is "Fresh tortillas, meat just off the grill, a really good salsa, a squeeze of lime and, a Mexican beer. It’s all about freshness, and having a lively scene." To help y'all celebrate the holiday, we're sharing with you some of our favorite authentic tacos (in no particular order).
Taqueria Autlán's tacos are exactly what a taco is meant to be. Tortilla, meat, cilantro, and onion served with rice and beans. Nothing complicated. Add some salsa for that special kick.
3. Taqueria Jalisco
Jalisco may have the best mini-tacos in town, but there is nothing mini about their Al Pastor flavor. These will surely leave you full, with a booming flavor, chilled out by the hint of lime. Order with charro beans!
Picantes means stinging in English, and these authentic tacos can do just that. Chill off with every flavor of Jarritos Mexican soda. We recommend the Carnitas which is a marinated pork with a citrus spice.