Travel Through the Tasty History of Tacos

At Day of the Dead Mexican Taqueria, culinary traditions are very important to us. Tacos are, of course, our flagship dish, and they are also a staple of Mexican cuisine. They have been a part of Mexican culinary culture for centuries and have changed a lot over the years.


Join us as we take a journey through the history of tacos, from their humble beginnings to their current popularity.


Tortilla Traditions

The tortilla has long been a culinary canvas, all the way back to the early indigenous people of Mexico and Central America. The word “taco” is from the Nahuatl language, a reminder of the Aztec roots that laid the foundation for this beloved food. Picture the streets of ancient Mexico, where vendors skillfully wrapped fish and locally sourced meats in corn tortillas, creating the prototype for the tacos we enjoy today.


New Ingredients from Spain

With the Spanish conquest in the 16th century came a fusion of flavors. New ingredients like beef, pork, and dairy were introduced, adding depth and variety to the taco landscape. The culinary collaboration between indigenous and Spanish influences gave rise to the wide array of fillings on menus today.


Changing with the Times

Fast forward to the 19th and early 20th centuries, when working-class people bought tacos from street vendors in Mexico’s urban centers. These portable, flavorful creations quickly became a staple of Mexican cuisine, capturing a nation’s hearts and taste buds.

As the 20th century unfolded, so did the global journey of tacos. With their culinary heritage, Mexican immigrants introduced tacos to the United States. They evolved further, adapting to local tastes and transcending borders.


Celebrate Tacos with Day of the Dead Taqueria

Now, at Day of the Dead Mexican Taqueria, we continue to celebrate the delicious history of tacos. From classic carnitas to adventurous options like cochinita pibil or lengua, you’ll find all the vibrancy and diversity of Mexican flavors on our menu. Keep it simple with our Traditional Tacos or Tacos de Mar, or experience the bold flavors of our Authenticos and Estilo Suizos offerings. Can’t decide what to get? Try a little bit of everything and share a Taquisa Platter with your friends.


Give us a call at (603) 377-7664 or order online!

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