Versatility is part of the beauty of tacos. Any kind of food put inside a rolled tortilla is a taco. So, the answer to the question “How many types of tacos are there?” would be that that number is almost infinite.
However, no two tacos are the same, and some of them deserve closer attention because their stories are particularly interesting, or because they are simply delicious.
Tacos Shepherd Style
Tacos al pastor (or “shepherd style”) are arguably the most popular tacos in Mexico: You can find them everywhere in the country. Perhaps their popularity has to do with the fact that they are unique among traditional Mexican foods in that they have an evident Middle Eastern influence. These tacos are made cutting meat stacked on a spit, just like the shawarma that Lebanese immigrants introduced in Mexico.
Tacos colorados (red tacos) combine salsa and tacos, two of the most iconic elements of Mexican cuisine, in a unique, enticing dish. The secret is really simple: tortillas are covered in salsa before making the tacos, adding a nice hint of flavor to every taco bite.
These tacos (“tacos de canasta” in Spanish) are very popular in Mexico. For example, in most cities is common to see vendors roaming the streets with big baskets packed with tacos hanging from their arms. The basket is more that a convenient way to carry the tacos. Placed tightly inside it and covered with a tablecloth, the tacos stay warm for longer
This is a variation of basket tacos. The difference is that you cover the tortillas with a little oil before making the tacos. This layer of oil, combined with the steam that forms inside the basket where the tacos are placed, gives the impression that the tacos are “sweating,” hence the original name.
Squash Blossom Tacos
When we say that anything can be a taco, we mean it. As their name clearly indicates, these tacos are made with squash blossoms, which are among the most common edible flowers in Mexico. In fact, squash blossom quesadillas are also very popular. The love for these flowers runs deep in Mexican culture: together with squashes, corn, and beans, they formed the basis of the diet of the ancient peoples who inhabited Mesoamerica before the Spanish conquest.
Learn More Interesting Food Facts
At Chef Gourmet we know good food, and we love to share that knowledge with you. These are some previous posts where you can find more interesting facts about food:
- 4 Reasons Why Italian Food Is so Popular
- Tofu: 5 Frequently Asked Questions
- How Tomatoes Conquered the World
- Soba Noodles: Everything You Need to Know
- Marinara: the Story Behind the Legendary Italian Sauce
- A Brief History of Tacos
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