Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when a poorly equipped and outnumbered Mexican army successfully defended the city of Puebla against a larger French army. The victory became a symbol of Mexican resistance and national pride.
Today Cinco de Mayo is a popular holiday in the United States, where it is often associated with Mexican-American culture and heritage--and delicious Mexican food. I thought it might be fun to learn a little bit about tacos and discover some great local spots to enjoy them!
Let’s talk tacos!
Have you ever wondered about what an “authentic” taco is all about?
The term "street taco" typically refers to a small, handheld taco that is sold by street vendors or in taquerias in Mexico. These tacos are often made with simple, traditional ingredients and served on small, soft corn tortillas.
I thought the street taco was the most authentic version of a taco. But while street tacos are a popular and beloved style of taco in Mexico, it is important to note that there is no one "authentic" type of taco. Tacos vary widely in their ingredients, preparation methods, and regional variations.
What's the most popular filling for a taco?
Ranking at the top of the list of the most popular taco worldwide is the "al pastor" taco. Al pastor tacos are typically made with marinated pork and served on a soft corn tortilla with diced onions, cilantro, pineapple, and a squeeze of lime. The marinade gives the meat a sweet and tangy flavor.
Where can I find great tacos?
I love tacos in all their varieties. And if you are looking for a great restaurant with the best Mexican food, I’d love to share a couple of local favorites for tasty tacos--and much more!
La Fiesta Altena
1008 E Bidwell St, Folsom
La Fiesta is definitely "where the party's at" with an incredible variety of tacos--and so much more. From ceviche to tortas, La Fiesta is certain to hit the spot.
Taco Loco Taqueria
195 Blue Ravine Road, Suite #700
It's name says it all! The tacos are "crazy" delicious--and everything else is, too. Enjoy a full breakfast or savor a delicious lunch/dinner. There's a menu for the kids and tasty margaritas for the adults!
I'd love to know your favorite spots, too. Share in the comments and spread the good word!