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The History of Tacos

The History of Tacos

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The word taco comes from the Nahuatl word ‘tlahco’ which means “half or in the middle”, referring to the way it is formed. Delicious and historic, the taco forms part of the cultural and gastronomic diversity of Mexico. Whether it be an al pastor, carnitas, longaniza, cochinita, barbacoa, birria, carne asada, chicken, chile, nopal with cheese, grasshoppers, avocado, and many many more.

The taco has an incredible variety that suits all kinds of tastes, and it is a heaven for those who can’t tolerate gluten. Almost everything in Mexico starts with corn.
The origin of this delicious dish is unknown, but according to Jeffrey Pilcher (a taco expert) the word originated from the silver mines in Mexico at around the 18th century. At that time taco referred to the little explosives workers used to extract the ore in the mines.

Others claim that tacos predate the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico as early as the 16th century. According to some anthropologists there is evidence suggesting inhabitants in the Valley of Mexico ate tacos filled with small fish, which kick started the popular fish taco option!

However; the first mention of it in the United States is in 1905 when the taco was mentioned in a newspaper. Now, over 110 years later, Americans eat more than 4.5 billion tacos per year – needless to say, we’re big fans.

We welcome our customers to come and taste the difference, all of our dishes at Casa Blanca are homemade from family recipes and prepared fresh daily. Once you give us a try you’ll never go anywhere else for fresh cooked, authentic Mexican cuisine.
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