Tacos are the Mexican equivalent of a sandwich. Instead of bread, a hard or soft tortilla is wrapped or folded around a spicy filling.
BREADED FISH WITH LOTS OF VEGGIES ON TOP… YUMMY!
It is not known exactly when they originated, but they themselves have been around for a long time.
This is what I know: they were first referenced by that name at the end of the 19th century, but the conquistador Cortez mentioned a meal prepared with tortillas as far back as 1520! Those would have been the soft wheat or corn tortillas.
AL PASTOR CON PIÑA!
CARNE ASADA AND CHICKEN, YOUR CHOICE 😀
However, historian, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, professor of history at the University of Minnesota, has traveled around the world researching Mexican food. He has a few ideas about the history of tacos, and you may be surprised to read his conclusions:
It is believed that the origin of the taco started in Mexican silver mines. Mr. Pilcher believes that they came about some time in the 19th century.
This hypothesis about the taco comes from the fact that the first type was the “taco de minero”
It is believed that the word originally referred to pieces of paper that miners would wrap around gunpowder and use in holes that were carved into the face of the rock.