5 Things You Must Know Before October 4, 2020: AKA National Taco Day

National Taco Day, picture of several tacos. Photo by Jeswin Thomas

Sunday, October 4, 2020, is National Taco Day and for many folks living in Idaho’s Treasure Valley it is, perhaps, the third most important holiday in the year just behind Christmas and Halloween.

Recognizing that you are probably already preparing for a massive National Taco Day celebration, we wanted to insure that you were aware of these vital taco facts.

No. 1: The Best Tacos In The Treasure Valley

We conducted an exhaustive scientific study of taco restaurants, stands, and food trucks in the area. (By “scientific study” we mean we asked our friends). Thus, assembling for you the October 2020, Maverick Car Company List of the 10 Best Taco Restaurants in The Treasure Valley.

The Funky Taco Logo
Based on scientific data The Funky Taco in Boise is among the best taco restaurants in the Treasure Valley.
  1. The Funky Taco, Boise,
  2. Mesa Tacos + Tequila, Nampa,
  3. Tacos El Rey, Nampa, Boise, Garden City,
  4. California Mexican Food, Boise,
  5. Diablo & Sons Saloon, Boise,
  6. Enrique’s, Kuna,
  7. Imelda’s Coffee Casa, Caldwell,
  8. Adelitas Mexican Food, Boise,
  9. El Chavo Taqueria, Boise,
  10. Tacos Lupita, Nampa.

No. 2: Where The Name “Taco” Comes From

At Maverick, we have a friend who makes some special “gut bomb” tacos, which he tops with a combination of sauteed habanero, habanaga, and naga viper peppers, which are rated at 350,000, 750,000, and 1.5 million Scoville heat units respectively. By comparison, a jalapeno is about 10,000 Scoville heat units. Again, he calls these tacos “gut bombs.”

What is really surprising, is that he is not far from the truth. Turns out tacos might be named after bombs of a sort.

“The origins of the taco are really unknown. My theory,” wrote Katy June Friesen in Smithsonian Magazine article, “is that it dates from the 18th century and the silver mines in Mexico, because in those mines the word ‘taco’ referred to the little charges they would use to excavate the ore. These were pieces of paper that they would wrap around gunpowder and insert into the holes they carved in the rock face. When you think about it, a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce is really a lot like a stick of dynamite.”

No. 3: The Best Ways To Remove Taco Stains

There are really two types of taco stains you need to worry about grease and salsa. Both can permanently stain your clothing, furniture, and car or truck upholstery.

What’s more, it is almost guaranteed that someone will drop at least one taco this weekend during your aforementioned National Taco Day celebration.

Here are seven articles about removing taco-related stains.

No. 4: Tacos Can Cause Heartburn & Indigestion

As surprising as this fact is, fatty, acidic tacos can cause heartburn and indigestion, especially when you eat a lot of them, like we all know you are going to do on National Taco Day.

So, you have a few options. You can eat fewer tacos. You can eat healthier tacos —the “Flower Power” taco at The Funky Taco is an example. Or you can deal with it. In the event you decide to “deal with it” here is some advice.

No. 5: You Can Fill A Taco With Just About Anything

Goat Birria Tacos
Amazing goat birra tacos. Source: Bon Appetit

Tacos are not just ground beef and cheese. And you can fill them with just about anything you want, so exit your comfort zone on National Taco Day and try some of these amazing taco recipes.