How is a soft taco made?
A soft taco is made with a soft tortilla that is rolled or folded around a filling. The fillings for a soft taco can be anything from meat and vegetables to beans and cheese. Soft tacos are often served with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole on the side.
Where did soft tacos originate?
There’s no definitive answer, but it’s generally agreed that soft tacos as we know them originated in Mexico. The first recorded recipe for a tacos al vapor (literally, “steam tacos”) appeared in an 1831 cookbook, and by the early 20th century, references to tacos de canasta (literally, “basket tacos”) were commonplace in Mexican regional cuisine.
So how did these humble street foods make their way north of the border? It’s likely that Mexican immigrants who came to the United States in the early 20th century brought their culinary traditions with them. And as Mexican-American communities began to spring up across the country, so too did taquerias and other eateries that served authentic Mexican cuisine.
Today, soft tacos are a staple of Mexican-American cuisine, and they’re enjoyed by people of all backgrounds. Whether you like them filled with chicken, beef, or veggies, topped with salsa or guacamole, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a soft taco!