Tacopedia: The Taco Quiz
by Staff
Whether you like them crunchy or soft, spicy or mild, tacos are a culinary fixture in Mexico and around the world. How much do you know about tacos?

What's the primary ingredient in tacos de tuetano?

  • cartilage
  • blood
  • bone marrow

Tacos al carbon are usually made with which meat?

  • beef
  • chicken
  • pork

True or False: Tacos were developed around the time Europeans arrived in the area of Mexico.

  • true
  • false

"Salsa" is Spanish for what?

  • sauce
  • spice
  • condiment

What preparation has "adobada" meat undergone before being used in tacos?

  • charring
  • marinating
  • pickling

The oldest tacos used which ingredient?

  • corn tortillas
  • flour tortillas
  • bean tortillas

In 2015, about how many tacos were consumed in the United States?

  • 800 million
  • 4.5 billion
  • 9 billion

Traditionally, the meat for tacos de cazo are first cooked in a pot of what?

  • spicy broth
  • lard
  • oil

When did tacos likely make their first appearance in the United States?

  • around 1850
  • around 1900
  • around 1950

The word "taco" may have originated in which Mexican industry?

  • mining
  • fishing
  • farming

When you eat tacos sesos, which sort of meat are you consuming?

  • brain
  • eyes
  • leg

When were taco shells first fried into a U-shape?

  • 1940s
  • 1960s
  • 1830s

Which fast-food restaurant often gets credit for popularizing Mexican food (and tacos) in the United States?

  • Chili's
  • Taco John's
  • Taco Bell

Why are tacos sudados "sweaty"?

  • They are stored in a steamy basket.
  • They are very spicy.
  • They are served in hot locations.

Tacos de cazuela refers to what kind of taco?

  • tacos from earthenware pots
  • tacos from the Gulf region
  • tacos made with one type of fish

How is a "mulita" taco served?

  • like a sandwich
  • on a stick
  • with bits of skin

How is meat for tacos de asador cooked?

  • on a charcoal grill
  • in an oven
  • on a griddle

Why are hard shells frequently used instead of soft shells?

  • longer shelf life
  • fewer preservatives
  • more taste

Taco de cabeza includes which type of meat?

  • tail
  • head
  • liver

Pico de gallo is also called what?

  • salsa palabras
  • salsa peligroso
  • salsa bandera

What does "pico de gallo" mean?

  • the rooster's beak
  • the rooster's tail
  • a pinch of salt

Tacos "al pastor" refer to what style of tacos?

  • nomad-style
  • shepherd-style
  • clergyman-style

Al pastor tacos were strongly influenced by which culture?

  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Lebanon

How are Navajo tacos different from Mexican tacos?

  • They are not spicy.
  • They use bread instead of tortillas.
  • They are typically vegetarian friendly.

What ingredient might you find in a "chapuline" taco?

  • grasshoppers
  • locusts
  • worms

The meat in a tripe taco comes from which part of the cow?

  • brain
  • intestines
  • kidneys

How is a taco dorado cooked?

  • fried
  • steamed
  • sautéed

In which region did tacos de camarones originate?

  • Baja California
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • The Gulf

Which factor was the first to help popularize tacos across the United States?

  • hard shells
  • Taco Bell
  • less spicy salsa

What type of meat are you using in tacos de lengua?

  • chicken leg
  • cow tongue
  • goat's head