October 4th is National Taco Day, a day to enjoy traditional mexican tacos. The taco can be traced back to the indigenous people living in the Valley of Mexico, who usually filled it with small fish. Later, Bernal Díaz del Castillo documented the first taco meal consumed by Europeans — a feast arranged by Hernán Cortés for his captains. Since then, tacos have become popular across the globe. A versatile dish, varieties include hard-shell tacos (the most popular kind in the U.S.), soft tacos, puffy tacos, breakfast tacos, fry bread tacos, and tacodillas.
It’s no secret that Chris and I love mexican food — so much so that we actually had our rehearsal dinner at a mexican restaurant on the eve of our wedding. I have a fajita addiction, but Chris is usually a little more adventurous. And if we’re really in the mood we’ll even add a couple of margaritas into the mix.
But mexican food isn’t just great in restaurants — it’s also really easy to make at home. And coincidentally, we’ve been trying to cook at home a lot more since it’s easier on our pets and on our wallets — so that’s exactly what we decided to do in honor of National Taco Day! Luckily, we had hard and soft taco kits in our pantry; unluckily, I forgot to take the beef out to defrost this morning. But once I finally had the beef adequately defrosted I got to cooking. I made simple beef hard tacos topped with cheese, onions, and taco sauce. It didn’t take long to finish cooking and throw everything on a plate. It turned out to be a great evening: Chris and I enjoyed a delicious mexican feast while lounging on the couch catching up with some of the shows on our DVR.
Tacos were actually one of the two or three foods I learned how to cook in middle school home economics. I remember that class just about every time I cook them, and while cooking tacos might not be as important as some of the other lessons I learned in school, it makes me think back on all of the teachers who helped me over the years. And tomorrow is just the day for this type of reflection — it’s World Teachers’ Day!