Tacopedia: The Taco Quiz

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Tacopedia: The Taco Quiz
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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
The marrow imparts an unbelievably rich flavor.

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Tacos al carbon are usually made with which meat?
beef
The beef is thinly sliced and cooked over a charcoal grill.
chicken
pork

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True or False: Tacos were developed around the time Europeans arrived in the area of Mexico.
true
false
The locals were already devouring tacos before settlers arrived.

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"Salsa" is Spanish for what?
sauce
Salsa quality can totally alter your perception of any taco.
spice
condiment

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What preparation has "adobada" meat undergone before being used in tacos?
charring
marinating
It is most often pork marinated in a red chili sauce.
pickling

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The oldest tacos used which ingredient?
corn tortillas
White corn tortillas were likely the first style used for tacos.
flour tortillas
bean tortillas

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In 2015, about how many tacos were consumed in the United States?
800 million
4.5 billion
According to NationalTacoDay.com, 4.5 billion tacos would stretch to the moon and back.
9 billion

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Traditionally, the meat for tacos de cazo are first cooked in a pot of what?
spicy broth
lard
Nowadays, many cooks opt instead for oil.
oil

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When did tacos likely make their first appearance in the United States?
around 1850
around 1900
There are newspaper items mentioning migrants and the foods they brought with them.
around 1950

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The word "taco" may have originated in which Mexican industry?
mining
Miners may have used taco-shaped explosives to help them reach precious metals.
fishing
farming

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When you eat tacos sesos, which sort of meat are you consuming?
brain
The brain is usually simmered or braised before being chopped for tacos.
eyes
leg

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When were taco shells first fried into a U-shape?
1940s
No one really knows for sure but in the World War II era there are Mexican cookbooks describing the technique.
1960s
1830s

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Which fast-food restaurant often gets credit for popularizing Mexican food (and tacos) in the United States?
Chili's
Taco John's
Taco Bell
Taco Bell's revolution began way back in the 1960s.

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Why are tacos sudados "sweaty"?
They are stored in a steamy basket.
The covered baskets hold in steam, which keeps the tacos soft.
They are very spicy.
They are served in hot locations.

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Tacos de cazuela refers to what kind of taco?
tacos from earthenware pots
The various fillings are simmered in pots.
tacos from the Gulf region
tacos made with one type of fish

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How is a "mulita" taco served?
like a sandwich
The meat is placed between two tortillas.
on a stick
with bits of skin

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How is meat for tacos de asador cooked?
on a charcoal grill
in an oven
on a griddle
This dry heat style of cooking lends delicious tenderness and flavor to the meat.

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Why are hard shells frequently used instead of soft shells?
longer shelf life
Soft shells, especially those with few preservatives, spoil much more quickly.
fewer preservatives
more taste

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Taco de cabeza includes which type of meat?
tail
head
You can often specify which part of the head you really like, such as the eyes or tongue.
liver

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Pico de gallo is also called what?
salsa palabras
salsa peligroso
salsa bandera
"Bandera" means "flag." The red, white and green ingredients are representative of the Mexican flag.

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What does "pico de gallo" mean?
the rooster's beak
It means literally "the beak of the rooster." Some say it got that name because people originally ate it by pinching a small piece off, like bird seed.
the rooster's tail
a pinch of salt

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Tacos "al pastor" refer to what style of tacos?
nomad-style
shepherd-style
This meat is often skewered and cooked rotisserie style. ("Pastor" means "shepherd.")
clergyman-style

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Al pastor tacos were strongly influenced by which culture?
Brazil
Peru
Lebanon
Lebanese immigrants introduced this style, which is now one of the most popular tacos in Mexico.

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How are Navajo tacos different from Mexican tacos?
They are not spicy.
They use bread instead of tortillas.
They are fried bread that has a puffy consistency.
They are typically vegetarian friendly.

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What ingredient might you find in a "chapuline" taco?
grasshoppers
They are fried and reportedly delicious … but hard to find in the U.S.
locusts
worms

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The meat in a tripe taco comes from which part of the cow?
brain
intestines
It's very popular in parts of Mexico.
kidneys

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How is a taco dorado cooked?
fried
The cylindrical taco is also called a taquito or flauta.
steamed
sautéed

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In which region did tacos de camarones originate?
Baja California
It makes sense, of course, that shrimp tacos would come from an area close to the sea.
Yucatan Peninsula
The Gulf

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Which factor was the first to help popularize tacos across the United States?
hard shells
The shells lasted longer during transportation and gave every state access to the necessary taco ingredients.
Taco Bell
less spicy salsa

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What type of meat are you using in tacos de lengua?
chicken leg
cow tongue
Boil the tongue first to make it tender; then it is usually sautéed in oil.
goat's head

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