“Street” Style Tacos

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Street style tacos with carnitas as the meat option

I’ve had many customers ask about the “Street Style” tacos and what it means.  There’s a little bit of history behind this popular treat, and as with so many American ethnic favorites, it’s theorized it started out as a working man’s lunch.  Silver miners working in Mexico in the 18th century called the charges used to excavate the ore, “tacos”.  After a period of time, this name carried over to their portable meals; easy to carry, tasty to eat, filling and nutritious.

The taco has gone through many transformations since its humble beginnings and continues to change, such as tacos arabes introduced in Mexico City with the arrival of Lebanese migrants back in the 50s, which was changed a little more by the second generation to become tacos al pastor.  (Click on link and read the article!)   Here in mainstream America, the “street” style has enjoyed great popularity amongst Mexican food devotees and casual restaurant patrons alike.  But where did it come from?  Mario tells me that the street vendors in Mexico can not have any dairy on their food because the heat spoils the cheese and makes people sick; so, in order for the vendors to offer their hungry customers a favorite, they simply omitted the cheese.  Clever, huh?  And now you know.