Sunday, October 4th is National Taco Day and even though it's not a Tuesday, it's the ideal time to whip up some delicious tacos for family, friends or a simple dinner for one.
Tacos are one of those foods that can be enjoyed so many different ways and eaten by countless people from all over the globe. Tacos can be eaten with hard shells or soft tortillas using traditional meats , seafood, chicken, beans, or eggs and filled with a wide variety of fillings to suit any preference including lettuce, tomato, salsa, cilantro, avocado and cheese. The sky is the limit!
The word "taco" is actually equivalent to the English word for sandwich. A little research on the history of the taco reveals that this versatile food predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico but the origin of the taco is debatable with a few different scenarios including one that indicates that it began in the silver mines in Mexico in the 18th century. According to this particular theory, the taco referred to the little explosives workers used to extract the ore. These were pieced of paper wrapped around gunpowder and placed into holes carved in the rock. Taco expert Jeffrey M. Pilcher says, "When you think about it, a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce is really a lot like a stick of dynamite." He goes on to say, "The first reference to the taco in any sort of archive or dictionary comes from the end of the 19th century and one of the first types of tacos described is called tacos de minero ~ miner's tacos. So, the taco is not necessarily this age-old cultural expression, it's not a food that goes back to time immemorial."
Another theory by Anthropologists is that inhabitants of the lake region of the Valley of Mexico ate tacos filled with small fish. In the states of Morelos and Guerrero the fish were replaced by live
insects and ants and locusts and snails were a preferred filling for tacos in Puebla and Oaxaca. No matter which theory is true, ultimately, the taco is super popular and can be filled with anything imaginable.
Taco Trivia: Last year Americans at over 4.5 billion tacos
Needless to say, any night can be Taco Night, but this Sunday be sure to serve up a taco spread and invite friends and family to enjoy the meal. Check out recipes from Sauza Tequila that will have your guests saying "Te Amo Tacos!"
Sauza Tequila Lime and Chicken Tacos
- 4 boneless chicken breast halves
- 1/2 cup Sauza Gold Tequila
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tbs orange zest
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 2 fresh lime wedges
- 4 - 6 warm corn tortillas
- 1 avocado cut into slices
Preparation: Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on all sides. Combine the chicken, tequila, lime juice and orange zest in a small shallow dish. Next, cover and marinate at least 30 minutes and up to two hours turning occasionally.
Prepare barbecue (on medium to high heat) or preheat broiler. Next, drain chicken and reserve the marinade. Grill or broil the chicken until just cooked through, occasionally basting chicken with some reserved marinade. Do this about four minutes per side. Boil the remaining marinade in small saucepan for one minute. Cut each chicken breast crosswise into thin slices. Arrange the slices on a platter. Garnish with lime wedges and serve chicken with tortillas, lime, avocado, and passing marinade separately as sauce.
Sauza Pineapple Chipotle Margarita
- 8 parts Sauza Blue Signature Silver 100% Agave Tequila
- 8 parts frozen limeade
- 16 parts pineapple juice
- 8 - 10 dashes Tabasco Chpotle Hot Sauce
- 9 chili peppers for garnish (optional)
- Chili salt for rimming (optional)
Preparation: In a pitcher filled with ice, combine Sauza Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila, limeade, pineapple juice and Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce. Stir gently. Pour into glasses rimmed with chili salt and garnish with a red pepper (optional). Serves nine.