Fish tacos are one of the best dishes to enjoy throughout the summer season and for a good reason! Known for their diverse combination of flavors and crispy texture, it’s easy to admit they are hard to resist. That’s why this month, one of your favorite Mexican restaurants, Los Primos, is talking about the history of one of our favorite dishes and what makes them so great!
A Glimpse into History
Fish has been a vital part of human diets due to its abundance in coastal regions for centuries. This includes ancient civilizations such as the Mayans and Aztecs, who relied heavily on fish as a source of food and sustenance.
Indigenous communities along coastal areas had their own versions of fish tacos, predating the modern interpretation. They often used grilled or fried fish and wrapped them in corn tortillas, accompanied by various local ingredients like salsa, herbs, and vegetables.
The Birth of Fish Tacos
In the 1950s, street vendors in Ensenada began serving fish tacos using locally caught fish, typically battered and deep-fried. These tacos were simple yet flavorful, often topped with cabbage, crema, and salsa, all nestled within a soft corn tortilla.
The hallmark of the theBaja-style fish taco is its crispy fish, usually white fish like cod or halibut, and lightly battered and fried to perfection. These tacos often pair with tangy and creamy toppings like shredded cabbage, crema, pico de gallo, and a squeeze of lime.
What Makes Them So Good?
There are endless reasons why fish tacos are such a hit, especially in the summer. But let’s start with their crispy texture. The contrast between the crunchy coating and the tender fish inside adds a satisfying textural element. And when you combine that with fresh white fish, these tacos are hard to resist!
Today, various variations of the fish taco are made to suit different taste buds and dietary preferences. You may find variations like grilled fish tacos, blackened fish tacos, different tortilla options, and unique types of toppings, like mango salsa.
Visit One of Your Favorite Mexican Restaurants, Los Primos!
Today, fish tacos have achieved international fame, appearing on menus in restaurants across the globe. They have become a symbol of Mexican cuisine and are celebrated for their delicious combination of flavors and textures. If we’ve sparked your cravings for fish tacos after this blog, stop in to grab a bite to eat! If you want to dine out and enjoy your food in the summer sun, no worries! You can check out our online menu here. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you!