Taco Day is the 4th of October.
Have some friends, families or neighbours around for a small, low-key get together, with everyone assembling his or her own taco. You can do the fried beef or refried beans the night before. As people arrive, hand them cheese and lettuce to shred to help them get into the spirit of things.
If you plan ahead, you might even be organized enough to have the fixing for margaritas on hand.
Tacos can be soft-shell or hard-shell. If you are making tacos that will sit for a while, or are for to-go, soft shell may be best, as the hard shell ones may get soft and soggy otherwise.
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Competing Taco Days
There is actually a great deal of varying opinion as to when Taco Day actually is. Competing dates include 16th April, 11th June, 12th June and 4th October.
The confusion likely stems from the plethora of Taco Days held at school and office cafeterias. Some cafeterias even make one day of every week a Taco Day, giving them 52 Taco Days in a year.
North Dakota State University holds an annual Indian Taco Day around the middle of November each year, sponsored by the Native American Student Association.
An official Taco Day, sponsored by the National Taco Council, used to occur in July. Here’s a record of it dating from 1970:
“Members of the National Taco Council, San Antonio-based organization, will be honored Tuesday by Mayor W.W. McAllister, who is to observe July 7 as National Taco Day. Since 1964, the council has sponsored National Taco Week, creating greater appreciation of Mexican cultures and heritage through Mexican foods. The National Taco Council is a non-profit organization.” — Taco Council To Be Honoured. San Antonio Express. Thursday, 2 July 1970. Page 4-F, col. 1.
In 2002, there’s a mention of it being on 11th June in the Roswell Daily Record:
“Today [Ed: 11th June] is National Taco Day, so celebrate by enjoying one of our most versatile and convenient foods!” Armstrong, Judy. Possibilities endless for summer fun. Roswell Daily Record: Roswell, New Mexico. 11 June 2002. Page A5, col. 1.
The first print mention that Cooksinfo has seen mentioning a 4th of October date for Taco Day happens in 2012, in an ad placed by Leal’s Restaurants in New Mexico.