The National Taco Day.

If there is a Valentine day, why not a taco day?  Yes! Let’s share the love! Last year Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos!

That’s 490,000 miles of tacos, which could take you to the moon and back or if you prefer, could, at 775-million pounds, equal the weight of two Empire State Buildings.

The word taco is the Mexican equivalent of the English word sandwich. The tortilla, which is made of corn or wheat, is wrapped or folded around a filling that is generally made of spiced proteins – beef, pork or fish.

For National Taco Day on October 4, consider the countless variations you can create using traditional meats or with seafood, chicken, beans, cheese and eggs. Yank out your garnishes – salsa, cilantro, avocado, tomatoes, onions and lettuce, and you have a dish of great versatility and variety.

Taco Bell is believed to have pushed the widespread popularity of Mexican food in the U.S. Founded in California in 1962, the chain of fast-food restaurants serves up a variety of Tex-Mex foods to more than two billion customers in 5,800 restaurants in the U.S. alone.

The hard-shell taco was invented long before Taco Bell, a discovery that would aid their expansion across North America. The U-shaped version is first noted in 1949 in a cookbook by Fabiola Cabeza de Vaca Gilbert. A device that would hold the taco in its U-shape as it deep fried helped in the mass production of this product. Kits are now available everywhere.

One of the first taco trucks is thought to have started in New York when in 1966 two New York housewives operated an early version of the taco truck. Although the truck did not have a full kitchen, it was available for catering.

This first appeared on the website http://www.nationaltacoday.com

In Toronto, Canada, Burrito Boyz opened its original spot in the Entertainment District in 2004, “most Canadians’ experience with Mexican food was either from an Old El Paso box or the ill-fated Chi-Chi’s chain, which was popular here in the ’80s for its Chimichangas, but disappeared from Canada in the early 2000s” Steve Gill, CEO of Canadian restaurant chain Quesada, said in an interview with the Toronto Star.

Quesada, the Toronto-born chain offering freshly prepared tacos and quesadillas and home of the intimidating “Big Ass Burrito”, has grown leaps and bounds since then; the chain now has 40 restaurants across Canada and ambitious plans to double in size with 80 locations. “Canadians have a more adventurous palate, and they like spices, but they are also more health conscious today,” Gill notes.

Torontonians, we can witness the impact of business growing in the food scene. Mexican Restaurants are cooking and serving tacos in some of the most valuables pieces of real estate in the city, and what a better day to celebrate this tasty success every October 4th with The National Taco Day.

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