Saturday, October 4th is National Taco Day. Tacos may be a traditionally Mexican dish, but last year Americans ate 4.5 BILLION tacos. For a dish so widely available, the history of the taco is really unknown. But according to taco expert (where do we sign up for that job?), Jeffrey M. Pilcher, the word originates from the silver mines in Mexico in the 18th century, when taco referred to the little explosives workers used to extract the ore, but the dish itself predates European colonialism, when Mexican natives would fill tortillas with fish and spices.
Pilcher says the secret to a great taco is “Fresh tortillas, meat just off the grill, a really good salsa, a squeeze of lime and, a Mexican beer. It’s all about freshness, and having a lively scene.” To help y’all celebrate the holiday, we’re sharing with you some of our favorite authentic tacos (in no particular order).
1. Taqueria Aútlan
Taqueria Autlán’s tacos are exactly what a taco is meant to be. Tortilla, meat, cilantro, and onion served with rice and beans. Nothing complicated. Add some salsa for that special kick.
Address: 2722 50th Street Lubbock TX 79413
2. El Paisano
You have to try El Paisano’s
beef brisket taco. Tender and flavorful, and definitely an authentic Mexican dish. And Breakfast is served all day! So if you’re craving breakfast tacos at 2 pm, this is your place.
Address: 1301 50th St #6, Lubbock, TX 79412
3. Taqueria Jalisco
Jalisco may have the best mini-tacos in town, but there is nothing mini about their Al Pastor flavor. These will surely leave you full, with a booming flavor, chilled out by the hint of lime. Order with charro beans!
Address: 2211 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79411
has a unique, layered crunchy shell on their tacos that are a must. Try them with any meat, seasoned to perfection, and made from scratch. Careful with the salsa though. It packs quite the punch.
Address: 3021 Clovis Road Lubbock, TX, 79415
Phone: (806) 762-3068
Picantes means stinging in English, and these authentic tacos can do just that. Chill off with every flavor of Jarritos Mexican soda. We recommend the Carnitas which is a marinated pork with a citrus spice.
Address: 3814 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410
Let us know the where and what you’ll be doing to celebrate National Taco Day. Did we miss your favorite taco spot? Have a recipe for us? Share it in the comment sections below.