When you think of authentic Mexican food, what comes to mind first? Chances are, fajitas probably did not make the list. Instead, when you envision heading to your favorite Mexican restaurant, it’s more likely the taco, some quesadilla combination or a margarita that came to mind. Why is this? Perhaps it’s the infamous Taco Tuesday that has gone viral or the numerous holidays that promote the margarita. Either way, our family at Los Primos is gearing up to celebrate this Thursday! Not sure why? It’s National Fajita Day!
Yes, you read that correctly. We’re preparing to celebrate the sizzling and always flavorful fajita. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it!
Taco versus Fajita
Don’t get us wrong, we understand the taco excitement with the endless options, taco bar nights with friends, and so on. However, the fajita provides the same (if not more) options – with a sizzle. Have you ever ordered a fajita when dining out? The sound of a sizzling platter heading towards your table, the mouth-watering aromas that follow, placed in front of you with the freshest array of toppings and your choice of side – what’s not to love?
So why all the hype over tacos when fajitas are just as fun? Well friends, this problem was solved in 2016 when the famous chain restaurant, On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, founded National Fajita Day! Let us rephrase. The chain coined the national phrase, but the history of this meal is much richer.
Believe it or not, the fajita comes from humble beginnings that started during the Great Depression. The concept of the fajita surfaced for the first time when Mexican workers in Texas were paid by employers with throwaway cuts of meat. The workers brought the meat home and cooked it over an open fire. Combined with items like corn tortillas, freshly made guacamole and salsa, this smokey flavored meat not only satisfied but quickly became the talk of many.
However intriguing, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the fajita grew to become a national phenomenon. Known as the ‘Fajita King,’ Sonny Falcon introduced the fajita to the public on a level that would change this once considered poor meal forever.
August 18th is National Fajita Day!
Visit Los Primos to celebrate National Fajita Day! Be sure to share a picture with #NationalFajitaDay on the Los Primos Facebook page.
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