One of the most delicious foods in world is tacos. Tacos are a traditional dish of Mexico, composed of corn or wheat tortilla. Its filling will vary depending on the region, but it can include: beef, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetables or cheese. What is your favorite taco? When you go to a restaurant what ingredients do you add? There are many options to eating a taco, but how did this delicious dish come to exist? What are its origins? Let’s learn the history of the taco.
The origin of tacos differs from one source to another, but the earliest evidence of this dish dates back to pre-Columbian Mexico. Anthropologists have found evidence that indigenous people of the Valle of Mexico ate tortillas with fish (fish tacos). A curious note is that when the Spanish conquistadors came to Mexico, Bernal Díaz del Castillo documented a taco feast enjoy between the Spanish and indigenous natives. Since its origins the taco has evolve, but since its origins the taco has united different families, cultures and races. Following this pre-Columbian tradition Yuma, Az. a taco festival will be celebrated on Sat. 04.12.14; this will be part of Yuma100th birthday party.
The Origins: The Taco
During the 18 century the mining of silver was a common job in Mexico, during this time the word “taco” meant a small, thick piece of wood or other material, with a rectangular o cylindrical shape; that had a variety of uses. Another form of “taco” referred to little charges (plug) use to excavate the metals; this was gunpowder wrap around a piece of paper, throw into holes.
Soon the miners began to bring chicken wrap around a tortilla, the miners soon began to call this dish tacos. The term became popular and a “new” dish was created, however it was not until the 19th century that the new definition was include. The role tacos have impacted cultures; consider one of Mexico’s main dishes, the taco comes in a variety of forms and can be eaten without the use of utensils.
The taco has come a long way, as previous mention; tacos were used by the natives of Mexico. The indigenous people would make corn tortillas and add fish, historians and anthropologist suggest that other fillings used were vegetables. Now a day, when we order a taco, we can choose from the following:
- Asador Tacos
- Tacos de Cabeza
- Tacos de Cazo
- Tacos Sudados
- Tacos Al Pastor
- Tacos Dorados
- Fish Tacos
- Shrimp Tacos
We just mention a few, we invite you to comment and let us know which ones are your favorites?
When we eat tacos we must not forget to have close by a good salsa, a good salsa will add flavor to the taco as well as texture. The use of ingredients like guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes, onions or lettuce; will make this already delicious dish, taste even better.
Yuma Taco Festival 04-12-2014
On April 12, 2014 Yuma will celebrate a taco festival, due to its 100th birthday. If you have never in a taco festival, we invite you to come and be a part of the celebration. This will be the Fourth Annual Taco Festival, the admission is free. The Taco Festival will also include:
- Taco and Salsa Contests
- Tequila Tasting
Come join the celebration! Remember is not every day you can celebrate YUMA 100th Birthday and after eating all the great tacos that will be available and enjoying the celebration. While there, if you are experiencing any dental problems why not visit Los Algodones, at Sani Dental Group, we offer affordable dental health treatment in Los Algodones - the dental tourism capital of Mexico.
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