The word “taco” dates from the 18th century and the silver mines in Mexico because in those mines the word “taco” referred to the little charges they would use to excavate the ore. These were pieces of paper that they would wrap around gunpowder and insert into the holes they carved in the rock face. When you think about it, a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce is really a lot like a stick of dynamite. The first references to the taco in any sort of archive or dictionary come from the end of the 19th century. One of the first types of tacos described is called tacos de minero—miner’s tacos. Continue reading here for the best tacos found in Sarasota and Manatee.