6 Ways to Eat a Taco Around the World

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Happy National Taco Day — to the world!

Taco in Spanish is synonymous with the English version of a sandwich. Who doesn’t love spicy wrapped protein? Last year Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos, that’s 490,000 miles or a trip to the moon and back. Since tacos are extremely versatile, people can get uniquely creative to spice things up with their own blend of ingredients and ways to cook them.

Let’s travel to 6 different destinations around the world and see the countless variations of tacos that we’ll find when visiting. Grab your cerveza and kick back to see some awesome global tacos.


Indian Taco

The most noticeable differences with the Indian taco is that it’s wrapped with different variations of flat bread or crepes stuffed with vegetables and layered with ghee or butter. You’ll see different variations of a taco wrapped around traditional Indian dishes, food and spices such as:

  • Chicken Tikka Kebabs
  • Garam Masala Spices
  • Paneer Tikka
  • Curry Sauces & Rice

Looking for a fried version? Try the Samosa.

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China Taco

Fried Egg and spring rolls are the greasy and fattening versions of a taco found at many Asian restaurants around the country. Since you can get those at any local restaurant. When you head out to China, we suggest trying a few widely popular traditional cuisines.

  • Xiaolongbao or soup buns: steamed dough filled with soup that contains a form of most meats, seafood and vegetarian options.
  • Dumplings: consist of minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables wrapped with a thin, elastic piece of dough skin. Popular fillings are pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables.
  • Dim Sum or bau: a steamed bun billed with barbequed pork.

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Vietnam Taco Wrap

While in Vietnam, you’ll enjoy a plethora of fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy cuisine options. The Vietnamese get really creative with their taco version, mostly spicy wrapped meat. Your mouth will water looking at all the different versions of a Vietnamese spring roll. Traditionally this roll is filled with pork, prawns, vegetables, bún (rice vermicelli) and other ingredients wrapped in Vietnamese bánh tráng (commonly known as rice paper). Unlike spring rolls in the US, this roll can be served at room temperature (or cooled) and isn’t deep fried or cooked on the outside. Be sure to try one of these rolls while you are in Vietnam. 

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Turkey Burrito

Heading over to Turkey? Try a dürüm, basically a Turkish burrito. Dürüm is slow cooked chicken, lamb, or beef served inside a wrap. This wrap traditionally uses lavash or yufka flatbreads and has been described as one of the best Turkish street foods!

If you’re feeling adventurous, try a Börek. This tasty pastry is traditionally filled with minced meat or spinach and cheese. Don’t be fooled as this dish can be served a variety of ways, rolled, puffed or layered and is eaten for almost any meal.

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Italy Taco Wrap

You know gelato and espresso, but do you know the Italian version of a taco? Piadas are delicious sandwich wraps made by folding flatbread in half and adding fillings such as prosciutto, sausage, mozzarella, arugula and eggplant. If you have more of a sweet tooth, these flat breads can also be found with nutella and bananas! While you are wandering Italy be sure to stop and grab one of these yummy treats.

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Brazil Taco

Last stop on our Taco Tour is Brazil, for a Pastéis.

Pastéis is a typical fast-food Brazilian dish. These half-circle or rectangle-shaped thin crust pies are commonly filled with ground meat, mozzarella, heart of palm, catupiry cream cheese, chicken and small shrimp then fried in vegetable oil. Some pastéis are more sweet and have fillings such as guava jam with Minas cheese or banana and chocolate. Be sure to add these to your “must try” list while you are in Brazil!

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