Tacos, just like the ubiquitous pizza, does not seem to hold an exact date as to when it became an inevitable part of our culinary culture. The first international foray toward making tacos available for the global palate can be credited to Glen Bell after he opened the original Taco Bell restaurant in the early 1960s. Currently, as per recent statistics, Americans consume more than 4.5 billion tacos a year. Yes, it is one among our most-loved snacks, ideal for breakfast, brunch, dinner, and even as a midnight bite.
Obviously, as you all might know, the genesis of tacos began in Mexico, where tiny and supple tortillas are stuffed with a filling of finely shredded pulled pork, grilled steak, grilled fish, spit-roasted pork, or anything else. The versions we see today are in the form of U-shaped taco shells, accompanied with salsa and a sachet of seasoning. According to history professor, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, tacos were named after the small, hand-rolled paper and gunpowder explosives which were used by Mexican silver miners to blow up rock faces. He also claims that one of the earliest references to this term was ‘tacos de mineros‘, which had first appeared during the 19th century.
The argument about the actual origins of tacos still has not reached a definite conclusion. However, we cannot deny the Mexican influence that has now transformed tacos to come with various multinational influences. Whether Korean tacos, Falafel tacos, Indian-influenced tacos, vegan and vegetarian tacos, or Vietnamese tacos, as far as the flavors and taste are intact, we are happy.
Delving into the rich culture that is associated with this emblematic food from Mexico, Netflix made an original docu-series, which dives into the basic essence of tacos. Aptly named ‘Taco Chronicles’ or ‘Las crónicas del taco’ in Spanish, it aims to showcase the Mexican culinary heritage on a global platform. The series is produced by Canana Films and Gloria Content in association with Netflix Latin America.
Taco Chronicles Cast: Who is in it?
‘Taco Chronicles’ is created by the Mexican actor, producer, and writer, Pablo Cruz Guerrero. Widely recognized for his work in ‘From Prada to Nada’, a novel adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibilities’, he visits and films various locales in Sonora to document the classic and absolutely delicious, roasted beef tacos. Apart from him, Mexican actor and director, Diego Luna, also features on the project.
Taco Chronicles Plot: What is it about?
Tacos are presumably one of history’s greatest inventions in the food industry. Why so? Because it is incredibly tasty and yet so simple. Additionally, it is versatile enough to be twisted into a number of variations. And hence, it is not a surprise that this Netflix Original decides to delve deep into the fascinating history of the one and only taco, in this wonderful food show.