Have you ever eaten tacos?

Have you ever eaten tacos?

I don’t think there are many people who can raise their hands straight with “Yes!”. I think there are many people who have eaten nachos, tortillas, burritos, and so on, but don’t remember what they ate.

Although it is still unfamiliar to Japanese people, some people are paying attention to tacos as a 100% corn gluten-free food due to the growing popularity of healthy foods.

Before the “taco boom” that will come someday, I will summarize the history of tacos.


Its history goes back about 6,000 years ago. The origin of tacos is that the indigenous people of the agricultural villages of the central plateau of Mexico valued tortillas as a portable food, and ate refried beans (salt-boiled green beans) and chile (peppers) inside. It is said.

Later, Mexican cuisine, including tacos with tortillas as the staple food, supported the Mayan and Aztec civilizations and the food culture of the ancient indigenous peoples. At that time, it was said that beans, wild rabbits, turkeys, and insects were also wrapped as ingredients.

After the Spanish settlement in 1519, pigs, cows and sheep, which were not originally found in Mexico, began to be used as ingredients. When vegetables such as onionsgarlic, and coriander were brought in, they formed a more varied taco culture in Mexico to this day.


Prototype of tacos

In the United States and Mexico, it is called “taco”. Tacos can be broadly divided into soft type and hard type. The soft type uses soft tortillas made by melting and baking corn flour. The home of tacos, Mexico, is mainly a soft type.

On the other hand, the United States often uses hard-shelled octopus, which is fried tortillas. This is also Taco Bell, a major taco chain. It has a stronger snack feeling.

This hard-shelled octopus contributes to the global development of tacos later, but the prototype of tacos is the former soft type. It has its origins in the indigenous Mexican food culture.


The arrival of the Spanish

With the arrival of the Spaniards in the New World, many foods and luxury items such as tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, peppers and cacao will spread all over the world via Europe, but some foods were brought from Europe to the New World. Among them, “pigs” had a great influence on the food culture of the new continent. Until then, there were no pigs in the New World, and the Spaniards brought them for the first time.

Cortez and his Spanish soldiers, who would destroy the Aztec Empire, used tortillas wrapped in pork as their regular diet. Eventually, the indigenous people learned of its deliciousness, and pig breeding spread all at once in the Americas.

Establishment of tacos

Then, when was the so-called “taco” invented?

Actually, I don’t know the details. I don’t even know what the word “taco” came from in the first place.

Nahuatl origin theory

There is a theory that “taco” comes from the Nahuatl word “tlahco (middle, between)”.

This means “food to be placed in the middle of tortillas”, and the theory is that the meaning of eating tortillas wrapped in ingredients is super-simplified

Silver mine dynamite theory

The theory in the Smithsonian is that “taco” comes from a silver mine in Mexico. “taco” was originally a word that meant a piece of paper wrapping dynamite gunpowder used when blasting in a silver mine. The theory is that this turned around and chicken wrapped in tortillas soaked in spicy sauce came to be called “taco” .

“taco” first appeared in the dictionary at the end of the 19th century, when it was written as “tacos de minero”, that is, “miner’s tacos”. This is the basis of the theory of the origin of the silver mine.

Tacos that become popular in the United States

The United States is the “home” of tacos alongside the original Mexico, but it seems that tacos were introduced to the United States at the end of the 19th century.

Americanized tacos

The second generation of Mexican immigrants who came to the United States as workers in the 1910s and 20s spoke English fluently, had a high level of education, and had a higher income than their parents. He also served in World War II and was highly conscious as an American. However, no matter how Americanized, Mexicans love tacos. As they advance into the major American societies, tacos will become more socially recognized.

Tacos, which used to be sandwiched between beef offal, tongue, chili, and guacamole, are eaten by sandwiching ingredients such as beef steak, minced meat, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes to suit the taste of American tongues. It was. It’s like a hamburger, but it feels like a “strange hamburger eaten in Mexican-style buns,” and I think Americans at the time could have enjoyed a foreign-style taste.

What are the nutrients in tacos? Is there a diet effect?

Tacos are a nutritionally excellent meal because you can eat various ingredients such as ground beef, cheese, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce at the same time. Here, we will introduce the nutrients and diet effects contained in tacos.

It includes:

  • Protein
  • Vitamin B2
  • Molybdenum









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