National Taco Day is celebrated on October 4, every year. The practice of its celebration has arisen from the United States and now has become a worldwide culture. Originally, Taco Tuesday was a trademark used for the marketing of Tacos in the country. It was first used by a Wyoming-based fast-food chain called Taco John’s.
Over time, it turned into a national culture where everyone celebrates the day by eating tacos. On the day, we only need some tortillas and ingredients such as the traditional carne asada, cheese, sour cream, tomato, and lettuce to make the fillings. To make your meal more exotic, you can also add gustatory delights like fish, chorizo, and other meat alternatives.
In this blog post, we are going to discuss the significance of National Taco Day and how to properly celebrate it.
Why is National Taco Day Celebrated?
The original reason behind the practice of celebrating National Taco Day is not exactly known. But tacos have been in the eating habits of Mexicans and Americans for a long time. Earlier, people didn’t give them a proper name and just called them bread and stuffing and ate them without proper recipes. During the late 19th century, new seasoning, recipes, and eating styles emerged for Tacos.
In history, people generally ate tacos by referring to them as a type of soft wheat or corn tortilla. It should be noted that the Hard taco shells became an eating practice in the late 20th century. This is primarily because Americans leveraged Tacos into their eating habits. They evolved, morphed, and grew Tacos into something more of an institution.
And that’s why National Taco Day was created!
How to Celebrate National Taco Day?
If you want to enjoy National Taco Day, then you can easily celebrate it by making, eating and buying everything related to Tacos. You can also try the given option below:-
1. Visit a Mexican Restaurant
While Taco Bell is one of the most famous Mexican taco restaurants, it is not necessary to visit it. On this day, you just have to find a good restaurant that serves authentic, genuinely Mexican-flavoured tacos.
2. Make Tacos at home
While many commercials promise to serve authentic Mexican flavour tacos, they lack the taste of originality. You can cook tacos at your home in easy steps by following an authentic taco recipe.
3. Have a Taco for dinner
Having tacos for dinner is one of the best ways of celebrating the National Taco Days. You can make tacos at home or dine out. However, to get the best flavours of authentic tacos, it is recommended to make them at home.
4. Make a variety of stuffing
Making tacos is not at all about preparing the same filling for each piece. You can make different stuffing with a variety of sauces and ingredients. For example, you can make a “pastor filling” which is made up of pork meat, or “barbacoa filling” which is usually prepared with beef meat.
After selecting the base ingredient of your preference, it’s time to add toppings, such as onions, cilantro, pico de gallo, or even sliced radishes or cucumbers. You can also squeeze a few drops of lemon to make an absolute savoury taco at home.
5. Throw a Taco Party with Friends
National Taco Day has become a ritual that is often celebrated by having friends over. On the day you can prepare tacos with your friends, dance, and party to celebrate it in the most authentic form.
You can make starter tacos, meal tacos, and dessert tacos as per your preferences and choices. There are many combinations that you can prepare when making at home. For example, you can make a base taco filling of beef, chicken, fish, seafood, beans, or vegetables, and then mix and match preferred toppings.
Types of Tacos to eat on National Taco Day
Many people know about Mexican Tacos but don’t have a clue about the type of tacos they can make. Here we have collected details on some of the most popular taco types to consider. On the National Taco Day, you can prepare any or many of the following:-
1. Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken Tacos
On our list of types of tacos to eat on National Taco Day is the Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken Tacos. To make these tacos, you will need Huli Huli, a kind of chicken that is barbecued and submerged with pineapple juice, soy sauce and fresh ginger.
2. Shrimp Tacos with Mango Habanero Salsa
Second on our list of types of tacos to eat on National Taco Day is the Shrimp Salsa Tacos. This is one of the most spicy tacos that gives off the heat of the habanero pepper combined with the fruity sweetness of the mango. It creates a balance of sweetness and spiciness that pops on our taste buds.
3. Chicken Cabbage Potato Tacos with Apple Pico de Gallo
Another unique and tasty taco recipe to make on National Taco Day is the chicken cabbage potato taco. You can make it with everything you have in your kitchen by just combining it with chicken, cabbage, potatoes, apples, and spices.
4. Irish Guinness Tacos
Irish Guinness Tacos are one of the authentic Mexican taco recipes that have been in practice for hundreds of years. The speciality of these tacos is that the filling is made by combining ingredients with beer. You can serve them with sour cream and other flavourful sauces.
5. Apple Pie Tacos
Apple Pie Tacos are made by combining apple sauce with regular flour tortillas. These are then deep-fried and cinnamon-dipped sugar concoctions. They can be served with a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.
All over the world, Mexican Tacos are famous for their exotic and savoury flavour. The celebration of the authentic taste of tacos has influenced us to explore its origin, significance, and evolution. In our blog post on National Taco Day, we have discussed its significance, ways to celebrate, and the types of tacos that you can try.