Who doesn’t love a good taco. These days they are all the rage as taquerias keep popping up everywhere. They come in all shapes and sizes to satisfy any appetite. But have you ever wondered where tacos come from? I certainly have and so I decided to find out.
The origin of tacos is more or less unknown and potentially dates back to the 18th century and the silver mines in Mexico. According to, a historian writer at the Smithsonian, in those Mexican sliver mines the word “taco” referred to the little charges they would use to excavate the ore. These were pieces of paper that they would wrap around gunpowder and insert into the holes they carved in the rock face. The first references to the taco in any sort of archive or dictionary didn’t come about until the end of the 19th century. And one of the first types of tacos described is called a miner’s tacos. Fascinating right?!
Happy childhood memories involved eating Old El Paso Tacos. While these taco kits are still available for those who prefer to keep it simple, more adventurous palates delve into beef tongue, lamb neck and octopus tacos available right here in Calgary. I admittedly love tacos and enjoy trying new varieties.
For this recipe I had a squash craving and bacon to use up. It can be kept entirely vegetarian by omitting the bacon and bacon fast used to cook the beans and gave the tacos an extra hit of flavour. But