If you love tacos (who doesn’t), come to El Chubby’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Aurora and give your taste buds a treat. We have a taco packed with seasoned grilled shrimp and topped with delicious jalapeño ranch, freshly sliced avocado, and crispy cabbage. Of course, while enjoying our famous tacos, you may find yourself wondering about the history of the taco. Where do these delicious marvels come from? How did they find their way to the United States?
For the curious, an article in the Smithsonian Magazine helps us track the history of the taco.
No one knows exactly where tacos originated but the general consensus is that the taco started in the Mexican silver mines during the 18th century. One reason that leads people to believe this tale is that the word taco refers to the little charges miners used to excavate the ore. Tacos were the pieces of paper wrapped around gunpowder and inserted into the holes miners made in the rocks. One of the first types of tacos ever described was called tacos de minero which translates to miner’s tacos. While the seems plausible, people from the coastal areas of Mexico claim that fish tacos have been eaten and enjoyed there for thousands of years.
Another word you might have heard is taquería, which is a taco stand. These stands originated on the street corners of Mexico City and introduced the taco to working-class neighborhoods when industrialization brought migrants from all over the country. As taquerías and tacos spread from city to city, their contents changed to reflect the culture of each geographical region.
By the 1920s, taco trucks were found throughout the West and Southwest of the United States. There were two kinds of taco trucks, ones that traveled around neighborhoods and businesses, and trucks that were parked. A group of women called the Chili Queens are credited with using pushcarts to bring Mexican food to Los Angeles. In San Antonio, the Chili Queens were street vendors who started selling food during festivals and then expanded to meet taco demand.
Today, there are all types of tacos, each with their own merits. Mexican American tacos use crispy shells and ground hamburger meat, along with cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, and tomatoes. There are also hard and soft shelled tacos, breakfast tacos, and fish tacos. Even delicious Mexican regional delights like tacos al pastor and tacos de barbacoa are becoming popular in the United States.
Luckily for us in the United States, the history of the taco led these morsels to our dinner plates. And our taco dishes at El Chubby’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Aurora offer you a delicious array of beef, bean, chicken, steak, and shrimp. Most importantly, when you visit El Chubby’s everything is grilled to order, and you can have your taco prepared exactly the way you like. Our passion is serving every customer quality Mexican and Mexican-inspired food. So, come experience the El Chubby’s difference today and be sure to bring your taco appetite.