A taco stand
is a food stall
, food cart
or restaurant that specializes in tacos
and other Mexican dishes
. The food is typically prepared quickly and tends to be inexpensive. Many various ingredients may be used, and various taco styles may be served. Taco stands are an integral part of Mexican street food
. Tacos became a part of traditional Mexican cuisine
in the early 20th century, beginning in Mexico City
, as what had been a miner's snack began to be sold on street corners in the city. Shops selling tacos have since proliferated throughout Mexico and other areas with a heavy Mexican culinary and cultural influence, including much of the Western United States
and most other larger American cities. More typical taquerías specialize in tacos, as expected, but in some localities it can be used to refer to restaurants
specializing in burritos
, where tacos themselves are less of a point of emphasis.
In Mexico, taco stands are commonly referred to as taquerías, because originally a taquería was typically a street vendor
. However, many taquerías today are restaurants located in buildings. Taco stands may be located at roadsides and in areas where people gather, such as at outdoor mall areas. Taco stands are typically located outdoors, although the term is also used at times to refer to taco restaurants. Some taco stands are temporary operations, set-up for events such as fairs and festivals. Read more...