October 4th is National Taco Day

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(October 4, 2014) – It’s National Taco Day! A taco is a traditional Mexican dish made with chicken, beef, vegetables, or seafood. The filling is folded inside a soft or hard tortilla and garnished with toppings such as cheese, salsa, or guacamole.

In 1520, the conquistador Hernando Cortez wrote to King Charles V of Spain to describe his experiences in the New World. In his letter he mentioned a delicious meal the Aztec inhabitants prepared with “tlaxcalli” or “tortilla.” It is the first historical reference to tacos!

Flour or corn tortilla, meat or no meat, with guacamole or without – tacos provide an endless list of flavor combinations. This popular street food has made its way from Mexico to homes and restaurants the world over.

Tacos have had a bit of an international face-lift since their humble beginnings. The hard taco shell is actually an American invention, as is the taco bowl.

Invite your friends over for make-your-own tacos and celebrate National Taco Day!

And check out Kylee’s Kitchen for an easy slow cooker taco recipe!

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