With the popularity of tacos, El Chubby’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Aurora thought it might be fun to explore taco meat options for the adventurous. While it might seem like tacos have been part of our lives forever, the word tacos only came into being during the 19th century.
Origin of the Word “Taco”
The word taco wasn’t always used to refer to food. Originally, the word was used by silver miners in Mexico. These miners referred to a specific type of explosive as tacos. These explosives were paper-wrapped gunpowder which was placed into small holes carved into the rocks. Even now, taco also refers to a plug, wedge, even pool cue in other dialects.
Whatever the meaning or origin, it seems appropriate that tacos in the culinary sense can be little packets of explosive flavor. In fact, one of the first written references to tacos actually calls them “tacos de minero” or miner’s tacos.
Tacos have only grown in status over the years. Currently, here in the United States, it’s estimated that over 4 billion tacos are eaten every year. We even have a National Taco Day on October 4th. With the growing popularity of taco trucks and taco Tuesdays, the taco has earned a much-beloved place in the hearts and stomachs of Americans everywhere.
If you want to enjoy a local taco – beef, bean, chicken, steak or shrimp – come see us here at El Chubby’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Aurora next time you search for Mexican food near me. We have delicious tacos for you to try along with all the Mexican favorites you are craving.
Though there are countless different ways to fill a taco, plenty of people like to stick to the basics. Here’s a quick list of taco meat options that you might be familiar with – several of these we serve at El Chubby’s and others can typically be found around the Denver area.
- Al Pastor: marinated pork, traditionally spit-grilled
- Carne Asada: grilled marinated steak
- Barbacoa: shredded beef
- Chorizo: Mexican sausage
- Carnitas: slow-braised pork, diced or shredded
- Pollo: chicken
- Frijoles: beans
- Pescado: fish
- Huevos: eggs
- Nopales: cactus
Now let’s get to taco meat options for the adventurous:
- Lengua (tongue): The tongue is a working muscle so it is considered to be a very flavorful meat. It should be cooked for several hours to soften the texture and finely chopped to produce a tender taste.
- Sesos (brains): Light color and mushy texture. Often served with strong sauces.
- Tripas (tripe or intestine): Boiled or fried, usually from a pig. Some say the flavor is reminiscent of bacon. Tripe is also used to make a delicious soup called Menudo.
- Cabeza (head): Parts of the head, such as lips, ears, and cheeks. Very moist and tender. Typically cow, but you might want to double-check on the animal.
- Suadero (stomach): Surprisingly approachable flavor often compared to carne asada. Thin cut and smooth in texture versus more muscled meats.
Now that you know some of the taco meat options for the adventurous, you may be hungry for a great Mexican food meal. Come visit us here at El Chubby’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Aurora to satisfy your Mexican food cravings.