Sign up How did Mexican food become so popular in the US? October 9, By Randy Dotinga You might assume the taco, like taxes, has always been with us.
It's true that American tacos have been around much longer than combo plates, tortillas-in-a-can, and heaven help us Doritos Locos.
But they only appeared in the US about a century ago. So says a man who should know: Arellano uncovers the taco's origin story and explores many other Mexican food mysteries in his book Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.
In honor of the th anniversary of the first mention of the taco in the US, I chili- peppered Arellano with questions about the debate over the authenticity of Mexican food, the cuisine's entry into the American mainstream, and the best way to try something new at your local taco shop.
Why did it take so long for the taco to get to the US? Mexicans have been wrapping a tortilla around meat and eating it going back to the days of the ancient Aztecs, but the meal didn't get into the United States [until] refugees brought it in during the Mexican Revolution.
Before then, most of the migration from Mexico into the United States came from northern Mexico. The taco wasn't as popular there as it was in southern and central Mexico, and it wasn't even called a taco until around the s at the earliest.
Take our food in literature quiz! Once refugees started coming up, they wanted to eat the food of their homeland. They start eating tacos at home, and tacos started getting sold in Mexican restaurants.
That's what started happening in southern California around the s, where the first famous tacos were taquitos — rolled tacos.
We hear a lot about Mexican food that's supposedly worthless because it isn't "authentic. I know a lot of Mexicans and people who love Mexican food who believe there's "real Mexican food" and "fake Mexican food. But the idea of authenticity has driven the popularity of Mexican food among Americans for years.
Once they've eaten a dish enough that it's not longer "authentic," they go and try to find the next authentic food. At one point, people thought Taco Bell was authentic Mexican food. Now it's the new synonym for McDonald's.
I grew up in a suburb of San Diego about 10 miles from the Mexican border, but my family was about as white-bread as they come.
We slathered our sandwiches with Miracle Whip and I didn't encounter a bagel or yogurt or Asian food until college.Get the latest science news and technology news, read tech reviews and more at ABC News.
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