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May 11, 2012

The birth of the taco

My theory is that it dates from the 18th century and the silver mines in Mexico,
because in those 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. When you think about it, a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce is really a lot like a stick of dynamite. -- Where Did the Taco Come From? Smithsonian Magazine

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 11, 2012 10:55 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Now you've done it--what's-his-name, from the taco plate post, shall now return to tell us American's don't know jack about Mexican food, because Taco Bell.

Posted by: Mike James at May 11, 2012 11:28 AM

a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce is really a lot like a stick of dynamite.

That doesn't go off until the next morning....

Posted by: Rob De Witt at May 11, 2012 1:28 PM

A stick of dynamite? In what universe? Most Mexican food, and a chicken taquito in particular, is relatively bland. And good salsa doesn't burn (unlike Thai food, for example).


Posted by: jwm at May 11, 2012 3:23 PM

...And I thought tacos had something to do with Tijuana and blind drunkenness.

Well, you learn something new every day.

Posted by: monkeyfan at May 11, 2012 4:01 PM

jwm - Well, I'm not sure about Mexican food but quite a lot of cuisines that use many spices get distorted away from their country of origin. Indian food, for example, prepared by Indians for Indians is nowhere near as hot as the stuff sold in British curry houses.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at May 12, 2012 10:03 AM

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