Thursday, January 16, 2014

A taco is a “tortilla with something wrapped inside” . . .

A taco is a “tortilla with something wrapped inside” . . .
A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese, allowing for great versatility and variety. A taco is generally eaten without utensils and is often accompanied by garnishes such as salsa, avocado or guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes, minced meat, onions and lettuce.
Beginning from the early part of the twentieth century, various styles of tacos have become popular in the United States and Canada.
The Hard-shell tacos are the style that has become most common is the hard-shell, U-shaped ones.
Traditionally, soft-shelled tacos referred to corn tortillas that were cooked to a softer state than a hard taco that is usually by grilled or steamed.
But the soft tacos are tacos made with wheat flour tortillas and filled with the same ingredients as a hard taco.
The origins of the taco are really unknown. One theory suggests that the word ‘taco’ has its origins in the dynamite (paper covered gunpowder) used in Mexican silver mines.
Tacos are a relatively modern invention that can be traced back to the 1700's.
Tacos were first mentioned in the United States in 1905, at a time when Mexicans began to migrate to the United States.

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