National Taco Day is an important holiday. Let’s learn a little about what it is, when it is, and how to observe it with an appropriate measure of enthusiasm and circumspection.

National Taco Day FAQs

When is National Taco Day?

National Taco Day is celebrated annually on October 4th.

What is National Taco Day?

National Taco Day, or NTD as us hardcore celebrants call it, is a day to honor the monumental role that tacos have played in our lives.

It is a day to pause in our busy lives and commemorate the many tacos who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

It is a day to honor the hard work and dedication of taco creatives, from the cooks in taco trucks and restaurants to chefs and recipe authors and yes, even bells.

And lastly, it is a day to rededicate ourselves, individually and collectively, to greater and better taco consumption.

Who celebrates National Taco Day?

Everyone who loves tacos celebrates National Taco Day.

Why do tacos get their own holiday?

Mostly because tacos are delicious.

What do people do on National Taco Day?

This is a very important question, and we’re going to spend the rest of the article talking about what people do (or should do) on NTD.

How did National Taco Day start?

Someone registered “National Taco Day” for October 4, 2009, on one of those “create a holiday” websites like this one or maybe just declaring it so. Nobody seems to know.

But seriously, who cares? Let’s talk about eating and celebrating and eating tacos.

How to Celebrate National Taco Day

1. Eat tacos

Eat Tacos!

This should go without saying. EAT. TACOS. That’s the first, last, and best way to celebrate National Taco Day.

2. Wear taco shirts

When I want your opinion, I’ll tell you to get me tacos. Or something.

This is actually the official t-shirt of National Taco Day. Required for entrance at some of the better parties.

More awesome taco shirts here.

3. Eat more tacos

Pro tip: Skip breakfast so you’re extra hungry at lunch.

Pro tip for real pros: Just eat tacos for breakfast.

4. Play a taco board game

This taco board game is perfect for the one day of the year in which tacos MUST take over.

5. Make your own tacos

Street Tacos Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe
Image Credit: Chantal Kirkland

Do yourself a favor and make these shredded chicken street tacos.

6. Snuggle with this taco plush

This is a 17″ taco, people. Better than all your throw pillows put together. Plus, it goes with every decor scheme, like, ever.

For instance:

Taco Plush Decorating Tips

7. Take pics of all the tacos on National Taco Day

Take pics of all the delish
Image Source: mideasttacos

Celebrate National Taco Day by taking all the pics of all the tacos. Mmmmmm, mmm!

8. Eat more tacos

I'd like to get my hands on this

I’ve honestly never seen someone hold a taco like that before. It still looks good, though…

9. Read “Dragons Love Tacos”

Did you know that dragons love tacos?
They love beef tacos and chicken tacos.
They love really big gigantic tacos and tiny
little baby tacos as well.

Thus begins the all-time best-selling book about tacos.

10. Tell taco jokes

Taco Jokes for National Taco Day

Q: Why can’t you trust a taco?
A: It might spill the beans.

Customer: “Waiter, this taco tastes funny!”
Waiter: “Then why aren’t you laughing?”

My idiot friend keeps saying, “Every time I go to Taco Bell, I get diarrhea.” I said, “Try ordering Tacos instead, moron.”

I’m thankful that I don’t have to hunt for food.
I don’t even know where tacos live.

Q: How do you make a taco stand?
A: You take away its chair.

Q: How do tacos say grace?
A: Lettuce pray.

Knock Knock! 
Who’s there? 
Avocado! 
Avocado who? 
Avocado cold. 

11. Look at pics of beautiful beautiful tacos

Look at lots of taco pics
Image source: bodegasobe

Did you know that there are entire websites devoted to pictures? Yep. There’s one called “Insta-graham” that is popular with all the kids these days. You could spend hours looking at pics of delicious tacos.

12. Stock up on taco toppings

Stock up on taco toppings

A partial resource list for taco toppings:

  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Onions
  • Green Onions
  • Carmelized Onions
  • Corn
  • Cilantro
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Limes (Lime Juice)
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese (Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, Queso Fresco, etc)

13. Wear taco socks

Because the only time I won’t be kicking up my feet on National Taco Day is when I’m going out for tacos.

14. Hit up a taco truck

Hit up a taco truck this year

Just find one. They’re all good. Literally. Every single taco truck = delicious. You can’t go wrong. Just go.

15. Color a taco coloring book

Tacos aren’t just for eating. They’re for coloring, too. I like to color while I eat tacos, and use the grease and sauces that drip down to fingerpaint. It adds an authentic aroma to the art that is just plain… special.

As in, special sauce.

Which we all know is just mayo and chili powder. But we don’t care because it’s delicious.

16. Organize your taco recipes

This is actually a pretty cute recipe box. I just wish I had that many great taco recipes….

17. Throw a taco party

Taco Party

Here’s a quick guide to throwing a taco party:

  1. Throw a regular party
  2. Have tacos

18. Use these awesome dino taco holders

Get them for your kids for a super special taco day!

Ok who are we kidding. Get them for yourself.

18. Let your baby gum on this cute taco toy set

It’s never to early to get your offspring hooked on tacos. This set includes a taco teething toy, an avocado rattle, and a pair of lemon-lime clackers.

19. Get your dog in on the fun with this taco doggie chew toy

Maybe you feed your dog taco scraps under the table. Or maybe you don’t. Either way, the easiest way to get your pet pup in on the National Taco Day celebration is to get this taco chew toy, which includes two squeakers to keep your little BFF busy while you taco it up.

20. This unicorn eats tacos and farts

We just thought you should know. It’s relevant to National Taco Day. Because, tacos.

21. Wear these taco pajamas to bed

…and dream of next year. October 4th can’t come too quickly!!

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