Calling all Mexican food aficionados out there! We are coming up on one of the happiest days of the entire year: National Taco Day. On October 4, it’s time to celebrate one of the most popular, delicious, and acclaimed foods on the block. And with a little help from ezCater, you can bring your celebration to your next in-office meeting, team party, or event. But first, let’s talk about all things taco.
A History of the Taco
Have you ever wondered where the taco came from? There is evidence that this traditional Mexican food actually predates the Spanish conquest of Mexico, making the claim that even ancient people used to enjoy some tacos.
But sometime in the 18th century, tacos became especially popular among the silver miner population and other workers due to the low price they paid for the delicious and filling lunch or dinner. The meal also had a stark resemblance to the paper-wrapped gunpowder explosives miners used to blow apart rocks. It was around this time that the word “taco” was first used — based on the complete phrase tacos de minero, or “miner’s tacos.”
In 1962, Taco Bell opened in the United States. Though tacos had started to catch on throughout the country due to the rise in immigration from Mexico to the States, this fast-food restaurant was really the catalyst to their spike in popularity among Americans.
Now in 2021, tacos are prolific as a traditional Mexican dish. It seems as if there is a new tasty taqueria on every corner in every city, teeming with hungry eaters excited to dive into a full plate of corn tortillas stuffed with delightful fillings.
The Best Taco Restaurants Delivering to Your Office
Want to host a party to celebrate National Taco Day? Here are some of our favorite places that supply taco catering for your big lunch meeting or afternoon treat. From al pastor to carnitas, these restaurants have some of the best tacos around!
On The Border has been serving up bold, flavorful tacos for over 40 years. Each of their tacos is handcrafted daily with their mesquite-smoked meats and specialty marinades — and they’re too delicious to pass up. Their taco buffet is the perfect meal for your celebration.
Another classic Mexican catering go-to is Moe’s Southwest Grill, which boasts a gourmet-style taco bar. This spread comes with everything you need to make your own tacos. Choose your favorite protein, beans, and type of shell — served with plenty of shredded cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, and sour cream to top off your tacos.
You can also try Fuzzy’s Taco Shop for another tasty taco bar option. This bar comes with the regular taco fixings—but also includes two types of protein or vegetables, feta cheese, garlic sauce, and the famous Fuzzy’s Butt Burnin’ Hot Sauce. These Baja-style tacos are hard to beat!
Craving a traditional Mexican dish that’s little more green? At Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill, you can get a taco salad that you’ll be dreaming about. These boxed lunches come with your choice of either a chicken taco salad served in a tortilla bowl or a plate, chips, salsa, and a dessert.
Still not sure you’ve found what you’re looking for? You should check out Tijuana Flats. This taco bar comes with double the action—giving you enough build-your-own ingredients for two tacos per person. Plus, the bar comes with churros and cookie dough flautas to sweeten up any party.
If seafood is your thing, check out Rubio’s Coastal Grill, which focuses on fish tacos of all types. Their deluxe taco bar gives you two different proteins from choices like salmon, mahi-mahi, and pollock. Fresh, yummy, and perfectly-cooked taco fillings are a guarantee at Rubio’s.
Our next favorite taqueria is Costa Vida. This taco bar is another build-your-own hit for a hungry office. This bar is served with juicy shredded beef, sweet pork, or juicy grilled chicken, plus your choice of shell and all of the other classic taco fixings.
Have you ever tried Cafe Rio? Their taco fiesta package is the real deal of all tacos. This build-your-own taco bar is stuffed with traditional Mexican recipes like pork barbacoa, carne asada, tomatillo salsa, and more.
Are you more of a breakfast taco kind of person? Hit up Rusty Taco, which offers up plenty of breakfast taco options — like chorizo and egg, jalapeño sausage and egg, steak fajita and egg, and migas. It’s the perfect way to start your morning and will leave your team with all smiles for the rest of the day.
One more classic you can get your order from is Qdoba. Your team can mix and match a range of offerings from this Mexican eatery with their hot bar. Soft shells, hard shells, chicken, steak, pinto beans, cilantro-lime rice — it’s all part of the experience at Qdoba.
Last but certainly not least, we recommend Torchy’s Tacos. The tacos here come in tasty, gourmet combinations — like the Crossroads taco, which is filled with beef brisket, grilled onions, jalapeños, and avocado, or the Trailer Park Taco, which consists of fried chicken, green chiles, and pico de gallo. After getting a taste of Torchy’s, you’ll be coming back again and again.
With these 11 different options, you’re sure to find the perfect catering option to celebrate National Taco Day. But if you’re still not sure any of these will hit the right spot, ezCater has plenty more to choose from. Check out all of the other taco catering options we partner with near you here.