Where do Tacos Come From? The History of Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday – the phrase alone has the power to bring a smile to faces across America. This iconic midweek tradition has become synonymous with delicious Mexican cuisine, and it’s a day when taquerias like ours shine. But have you ever wondered where Taco Tuesday came from and why it’s become such a beloved part of our culinary culture? In this journey through time and taste, we’ll delve into the fascinating history of Taco Tuesday and explore how it has grown to represent more than just a meal – it’s a celebration of flavors, family, and community.

The Taco’s Humble Beginnings

Tacos themselves are a culinary gem that hails from the heart of Mexico. Their history dates back hundreds of years, originating with the indigenous people in the Valley of Mexico. Tacos were initially quite simple, consisting of small tortillas filled with various fillings such as fish, game meat, or insects. As Spanish conquistadors arrived in the early 16th century, they encountered this novel way of preparing food. The word “taco” even made its way into Spanish dictionaries, describing the little pieces of paper that miners would wrap around gunpowder to create explosive devices.

The Evolution of Taco Tuesday

Fast forward to the 20th century, and we find ourselves in the heart of the United States, where a wonderful fusion of cultures and cuisines occurs. The 1950s saw the rising popularity of Mexican cuisine in the U.S., and taco stands began popping up in cities across the country. The idea of dedicating a whole day to celebrate tacos, particularly Tuesdays, was a stroke of marketing brilliance. Taco Tuesday specials offered an affordable, mouthwatering meal that drew families and friends together, making it an anticipated event each week.

The Modern Taco Tuesday

Today, Taco Tuesday has become a cherished part of American culture. It’s a day when families and friends gather at taquerias like ours to enjoy delectable Mexican delights, and it has evolved to include a variety of taco options beyond the traditional offerings. At our taqueria, Taco Tuesday brings everyone to the table with an array of tantalizing tacos. You can savor classics like carne asada and barbacoa, or explore unique and savory creations that showcase the art of Mexican gastronomy

Savor the Tradition

As you indulge in the rich history and diverse flavors of Taco Tuesday, join us to experience the essence of this celebrated day. At our taqueria, we’re passionate about sharing authentic Mexican cuisine, and every Tuesday is a fiesta of taste that pays homage to the timeless taco. We invite you to embrace the tradition and savor the deliciousness of Taco Tuesday, where you’ll find mouthwatering options for every palate.

Discover the Flavors of Naperville Taqueria

Now that we’ve delved into the colorful history of Taco Tuesday, it’s time to bring your culinary adventure closer to home. Nestled in the heart of Naperville, Naperville Taqueria is your haven for authentic Mexican flavors. Whether you’re a taco aficionado, burrito lover, or you simply crave a tantalizing taste of Mexico, our taqueria has something to delight every palate.

Irresistible Offerings 

At Naperville Taqueria, we take immense pride in crafting each dish with care, dedication, and a dash of Mexican tradition. Our menu boasts an array of mouthwatering options that will transport your taste buds south of the border. From the freshest shrimp and fish tacos to savory classics like barbacoa and carne asada, you’ll experience the essence of authentic Mexican cuisine in every bite.

More than Just Tacos

While our tacos are undoubtedly a star attraction, we have much more to offer. Our burritos, available with a choice of barbacoa, chicken, or carne asada, are a hearty and satisfying option. If you’re looking for a different kind of Mexican delight, our tortas, featuring breaded beef, breaded chicken, or carne asada, are a flavorful twist on the sandwich.

Complete Your Meal 

It’s not just the main dishes that set us apart; it’s also the authentic sides and meal options that complete the experience. From our tempting taco dinner, comprising three tacos with rice and beans, to the customizable lunch plate, where you can pair rice with your preferred meat and toppings, we offer a variety of ways to enjoy our culinary offerings.

For those who seek a traditional Mexican experience, our chile relleno plate features a stuffed poblano pepper with rice and beans. And, of course, we can’t forget the classic tamales, a beloved Mexican favorite that is sure to satisfy your cravings.

A Refreshing Fiesta

No Mexican meal is complete without a refreshing beverage, and at Naperville Taqueria, we’ve got you covered. From the effervescent delight of Jarritos to the timeless allure of Coca-Cola, and the soothing sweetness of horchata or agua fresca, our drink selections perfectly complement your meal.

Now that your senses have been awakened and your taste buds tantalized, it’s time to embark on a flavor-filled journey. Visit Naperville Taqueria and savor the authentic Mexican cuisine that has made Taco Tuesday a beloved tradition. Every visit is a fiesta, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our taqueria.

Contact Us


Website: Naperville Taqueria

Phone Number: 630-961-9204

At Naperville Taqueria, we’re more than just a restaurant; we’re a portal to Mexico’s rich culinary heritage. Experience the flavors that make Taco Tuesday special, and make every day a celebration of authentic Mexican cuisine. We look forward to serving you soon!