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The taco could be the ambassador of Mexican food. Just about everyone knows what a taco is. The taco is your friend.

Which do you prefer: hard shell or soft tacos?

I prefer soft tacos made with either corn or flour tortillas. I can admit to eating 7 soft corn tortilla tacos in one sitting. I don't know what my grandmother's secret is, but the tacos she makes are addictive. The toppings are what add to the taco experience. My favorite things to add are shredded lettuce, guacamole and salsa.

Don't forget the salsa!

Here's a piece on taco origins from

Although the term taco comes from a Spanish word meaning “light snack”, the taco itself had its origins in pre-Hispanic times, when the Aztecs and other groups in their empire, using corn tortillas much as Europeans used bread, rolled the tortillas or broke them into pieces to scoop up food. The food being scooped was, of course, different in each region and the street taco as we know it today evolved from the rural areas of Mexico.

The campesinos’ wives, bringing them their mid-day meals in the fields, used the practical method of wrapping the day’s comida in tortillas. With the urbanization of Mexico and the movement of large groups of country people to the cities, came the proliferation of modest businesses offering the regional food to which the new arrivals were accustomed, in the form in which they were used to eating it. Thus, in Mexico City, the largest urban area of all, stands selling tacos de carnitas from Michoacan and Jalisco and tacos de barbacoa from Hidalgo and Tlaxcala sprang up along with many others offering taco specialties from nearly all parts of the country.