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The word taco started in the 18th century silver mines in Mexico. Back then, a taco was just some paper wrapped around gunpowder.
Taco Bell has tried to enter the Mexican market twice, failing both times, even after branding their food “American” food.
Food Finds about Tacos
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, 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.
According to the Real Academia Española, publisher of Diccionario de la Lengua Española, the word taco describes a typical Mexican dish of a maize tortilla folded around food (“Tortilla de maíz enrollada con algún alimento dentro, típica de México”).
The original sense of the word is of a “plug” or “wad” used to fill a hole (“Pedazo de madera, metal u otra materia, corto y grueso, que se encaja en algún hueco”).
Founder, Glenn Bell, first opened the chain “Del Tacos,” a hot dog and taco franchise.
He was the first to fry his taco shells in advance. Before then, they were fried on demand.
They were the first fast food chain to have move tie-in promotions.
In 1962, a tacos only cost 19 cents.
Even though the 1990 Chihuahua was an advertising phenomenon, taco sales actually went down during that period.