Who is ready for National Taco Day 2017? Actually, the real question should be who isn't ready for such a great day! On October 4, folks from coast to coast can celebrate one of the most popular foods served here in the United States - the taco. The taco has become an American staple, competing with All-American favorites like the hamburger and hot dog as one of the most requested foods for lunch, parties, or just a quick snack. And if someone created a "national holiday" for this loveable treat, you know it is an American favorite!

History lesson

So who invented the taco? How did it become so darn popular? Why do millions of people consume so many every year? While not quite 100 percent positive at just when and where the taco got its humble beginnings, the Smithsonian strongly believes that tacos date back to the 18th century and the silver mines in Mexico.

The word “taco” referred to the little charges they would use to excavate the ore from the silver mines. These were pieces of paper that they would wrap around gunpowder and insert into the holes they carved into the rock face. It may sound outrageous, but sometimes the craziest terms or ideas come from the most unconventional ties. The paper blanketed the gunpowder, much like a taco blankets the tasty treat inside.

It does seem logical.

Deals and Freebies

Many restaurants, bars, and grills are getting in on the action for National Taco Day this Wednesday. Here are a few listings of where you can get some great deals on Wednesday!

Taco Bell: The Bell celebrates National Taco Day with a "National Taco Day gift set." Five bucks will get you four classic Taco Bell tacos — Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos, or the Crunchy Taco.

Each will be “gift wrapped” in a limited edition wrapper and specially boxed just for National Taco Day.

On the Border: The famous restaurant chain is celebrating with 50 cent tacos all day long. Now that is a great deal! At that price, you can feed the entire family.

Tijuana Flats: The Flats is offering up $2 deals on the tasty treat along with $2 Mexican drafts Wednesday at participating locations. Go ahead, have a couple brews with your taco!

Chuy's: Okay, this offer is great! First off, you can get crispy beef tacos for one dollar with any order Wednesday at participating locations. You also have a shot to eat free, that is if you are willing to dress up a bit!

Yes, if you dress up like a taco, you earn a free meal. Contact Chuy's for full details!

Del Taco: Buy a Queso Crunch and get one free! All you have to do is join Del's Raving Fan eClub to get the coupon. If you are already a member, just log in to get your offer as well.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Applebee’s is celebrating all month with $1 margaritas, also known as the Dollarita, at participating locations.

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