Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

16 Delicious Facts About Tacos Because It's National Taco Day!

The word taco has a long history and it wasn't always used to refer to the popular food item.

The actual word was invented in the 18th century in the Mexican silver mines and was used to refer to the explosive charges used in the excavation process. Essentially, a taco was a sheet of paper that was used to wrap around gunpowder and then placed on the rock face.

Of course, tacos are quite popular in the United States today.

But did you know that the word wasn't even mentioned in the States until it appeared in 1905 in a newspaper. Later on, the word was used to refer to pushcarts in L.A., and also used by the Chili Queens in San Antonio, where customers would flirt and buy tacos to these women in order to get their services.

The first taco truck ever came about in 1966 in New York City.

The truck was used for catering, but also provided tacos to the bustling city. Today, you can pretty much find taco trucks everywhere you go across the nation.

Americans eat so many tacos that some might say we're obsessed with them.

According to, folks in the U.S. eat 4.5 billion tacos last year. Now that's a lot of tacos in our tummies!

Tacos are such a big deal that they've even broken a Guinness World Record.

On March 8th, 2003, a flour taco weighing 1,654 pounds was made by Cocinex, S.A. De C.V., in the city of Mexicali, in Baja California, Mexico. According to the Guiness World Records, it's the largest flour taco in the world so far.

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