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Two words: Taco Tuesday.
There’s a lot to love about tacos. They’re versatile and can be paired with just about anything. But where did tacos come from? And how did we fall in love with this iconic comfort food?
Who Invented Tacos?
It is believed that tacos originated from ancient Mexico—long before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century. However, the taco as we know it looked a lot different during its ancient beginnings. Instead of lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and guac, ancient Mexicans filled flat corn tortillas with fish and other animal organs.
The word “taco” is a bit newer. Mexican miners coined this term in the 18th century after the word “taquito,” which resembled the taquito-shaped covering of gunpowder. This began the humble start of the street taco: a portable food that became popular among working-class Mexicans.
Today, tacos are a worldwide staple for breakfast, lunch, and dinner thanks to our ready-to-sprinkle taco seasoning range.
What Should I Put in Tacos?
It doesn’t matter if it’s Tuesday or Thursday—tacos are the perfect meal to serve, regardless of the day or occasion. Some of the most popular taco toppings include:
- Ground Beef or Fish
- Refried Beans & Rice
- Lettuce & Tomatoes
- Pico De Gallo
- Salsa & Hot Sauce
- Sour Cream
And of course, don’t forget to spice up your meat with the right taco seasoning!
WHAT IS IN TACO SEASONING?
Taco seasoning generally consists of a blend of various spices and herbs. While the exact ingredients of this Mexican seasoning may vary, some common ingredients include:
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Black Pepper
- Cayenne pepper
WHAT IS THE BEST CHICKEN TACO SEASONING?
In our expert’s opinion, the best chicken taco seasoning is El Jefe’s taco seasoning. This blend of chipotle, honey and hickory pairs exceptionally well with grilled chicken and truly enhances its natural flavor.
The Best Taco Recipes
As diverse as tacos are, several taco recipes will never go out of style. Check out our take on these four taco recipes that will surely be a fiesta favorite.
These flavorful tacos will be a hit at your next family cookout. Our easy street-style Birria tacos start with a dipped and fried shell that’s packed with shredded honey adobo chuck roast and seasoned with Jefe Taco Seasoning. Top it off with diced onions, cilantro, and a side of consomé. Continue reading our full recipe for mouth-watering Birria tacos—just remember to make enough for seconds and thirds!
Can you say “mmm”? Our tender tri-tip tacos use the bottom portion of the sirloin subprimal cut. These tacos will turn up the heat thanks to the help of our popular Notorious P.I.G. Pulled Pork Rub and Bee Sting BBQ Sauce. Read our step-by-step cooking instructions and serve up a new summer favorite.
Our zesty blackened shrimp tacos are so easy that you’ll want to repeat the recipe all summer long. These tacos are ideal for those busy weeknights since you can cook these in under 30 minutes. The secret to the perfect blackened flavor is by using our Notorious P.I.G. Pulled Pork Rub. Combine with cayenne, thyme, oregano, and pepper for a delicious blackened seasoning. For full directions, read our easy-to-follow recipe.
What’s more iconic than the fish taco? Our take on this classic tangy taco starts with crispy, beer-battered cod and shredded cabbage combined with crunchy coleslaw. We love to top this taco off with a delicious salsa verde spiked with our Desert Pepper Tequila Blend. Win your friends and family over by following our full recipe.
What Should I Serve With Tacos?
Tacos may be the star, but the side dishes make them shine. Serve your tacos with classic sides like:
- Chips and Salsa
- Eloté (Mexican Street Corn)
- Mexican Coleslaw
- Mango Slaw
How to Cook Ground Beef for Tacos
Taco toppings make your tacos pop, but what’s a great taco without a solid foundation? Cook ground meat according to your crowd size. For example, you’ll need about five ounces of ground beef per person.
Brown your beef until it is no longer pink. Once fully browned, add in bold aromatics from our selection of flavorful taco seasonings and rubs.
Our favorite? El Jefe’s taco seasoning for a classic blend of chipotle, honey and hickory.
Kick Off Taco Tuesday With PS Seasoning
You know what they say—it’s all in the seasoning. Celebrate the history of the taco and start your family fiesta off right with PS Seasoning’s assortment of tasty spice blends and taco seasonings. Explore our easy recipes and shop our entire collection of mixes, spices, and rubs at PS Seasonings today.
And, of course—don’t forget your margarita. Cheers!