Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

The History of the Taco and It's Tortilla Filled Goodness

mexican restaurant chattanoogaWhile the exact origin of the taco isn’t known, it is believed to date back as far as the 18th century in the silver mines of Mexico. The word taco itself referred to the small wrapped explosives used to extract the ore in the mines. Others debate this founding claim citing that tacos originated when the Spanish came to Mexico in the 16th century. Whatever their exact date and place of origin is we can all agree we are sure glad someone came up with this idea!

Tacos are as unique a dish as their origin. This Mexican sandwich of sorts is comprised of a tortilla that contains a spiced protein filling. The contents of the tortilla can vary greatly by restaurant and region. For example, in the lake region of Mexico tacos were filled with small fish, small insects and ants were once the filling in Morelos and Guerrero, while locusts and snails were favorites of Puebla and Ozxaca.

In the United States, tacos are not only popular in the southwest, but from coast to coast everyone enjoys a good taco! From ground beef, steak or chicken to shrimp, fish, pork and BBQ there isn’t much you couldn’t find tucked into a tortilla. At Amigos, we offer several different varieties of tortilla filled goodness:

Tacos Flacos
A healthier take on our Mexican- style steak tacos. Strips of grilled steak topped with fresh cilantro and onions in three lettuce wraps. Served with a side of salsa verde.

Tilapia Tacos
Grilled tilapia with a little pico de gallo mixed in. We wrap it in two layers of tortillas- the first layer is a soft shell flour tortilla with melted cheese, the second on is a crunchy corn tortilla and finally we top it with a little chipotle cream sauce and lettuce. Served with a side of rice and beans.

Traditional Style Tacos
Soft corn tortilla with grilled steak topped with cilantro and onions. Served with tomatillo sauce.

Grilled Chicken and Chorizo Tacos
Soft corn tortillas with grilled chicken and chorizo, onions, and cilantro. Served with tomatillo sauce.

Hard Shell Tacos
Ground beef or shredded chicken with lettuce and cheese. Shredded chicken is sautéed with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers.

Soft Shell Tacos
Ground beef or shredded chicken with lettuce and cheese. Shredded chicken is sautéed with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers.

Whatever your taco preference may be, Amigos is sure to have the perfect taco to satisfy your craving!

Written by Tiffany Hutton

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