Tacos have become almost as popular on the American dinner table as hamburgers. According to the Smithsonian, the humble taco may have originated as food for Mexican silver miners in the 18th century. The word “taco” refers to pieces of paper that miners used to fold gunpowder in to insert in cracks and holes in a rock face.

Subsequently, tacos became a working-class food in urban centers in Mexico, with various regions having their own versions. The first mention of tacos in the United States occurs in 1905 with the dish becoming steadily more popular in subsequent decades in Texas and other parts of the American southwest. Tacos exploded in popularity after World War II when they became a staple of American fast-food culture. Around this time, the hard-shell tortilla, consisting of fried corn tortillas, started to become popular on both sides of the border.


You can create great-tasting tacos on your griddle using a two-step process. For ingredients you will need the following:

  • One pound of ground beef
  • One tablespoon of garlic powder
  • One tablespoon of onion powder
  • One teaspoon of chili powder
  • One teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • One teaspoon of paprika

(Note: some will just substitute a package of taco seasoning for the above spices.)

  • Salsa
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Package of corn tortillas

Procedure for Tacos:

First, mix the ground beef with spices thoroughly. Then brown the meat on the griddle.  Scoop up the meat, and set it aside in a bowl.

Brown the tortillas on both sides in the grease left over from the ground beef mixture until just a little crispy.

Add ground beef mixture, cheese, tomatoes, and shredded lettuce on the tortillas. Cook on the griddle until the cheese is melted, and then use a spatula to flip the tortillas closed. Cook a little more, say half a minute to a minute, and then remove from the griddle. Serve with the salsa and sour cream.

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