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What day is National Taco Day celebrated? October 4.

What is National Taco Day? America loves tacos and National Taco Day celebrates the taco. Here are some fun taco facts according to one source:

  • Last Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos! That’s 490,000 miles of tacos, which could take you to the moon and back or, if you prefer, could, at 775-million pounds, equal the weight of two Empire State Buildings.
  • Taco is the same equivalent Mexican word for sandwich. A taco is a tortilla (corn or wheat) folded around a filling of beef, pork or fish. Often tacos also have lettuce, cheese, beans and hot sauce or salsa.
  • The term tacos may have originated in the 18th century, when taco referred to the little explosives workers used when mining. Basically, gunpowder was wrapped in paper that looked a lot like a quick Mexican sandwich eaten by the workers, hence the word taco was born.
  • Taco Bell popularized tacos in America when it opened its chain in 1962. There are now nearly 6,000 Taco Bell stores and has served over 2 billion tacos.

How to celebrate: Grab a taco at your favorite Mexican restaurant with the family or friends. Why not have tacos for both lunch and dinner. Have a secret or special way of making tacos? Then post your taco recipe on social media. Be sure to add pictures with friends and family and keep making memories.  

What is the hashtag? The hashtag for National Taco Day #NationalTacoDay.

What other national days are there for tacos or food? Several other national days have sprung up to celebrate tacos, Mexican food, and other food, including National Sandwich Day on November 3. There are many other national days relating to food. In fact, National Day Archives has a separate category just for food