a Mexican dish consisting of a fried and folded or rolled tortilla filled with chopped meat, shredded lettuce, etc.
Origin of tacoAmerican Spanish from Sp, a plug, wadding, light lunch
A corn tortilla folded around a filling such as ground meat or cheese.
Origin of tacoMexican Spanish ( perhaps originally in tacos de minero “miner's plugs,” tacos made from tortillas wrapped around a simple filling and briefly fried, such tacos being so called because of their resemblance to the explosive charges, consisting of gunpowder in a paper wrapper, that were plugged into the rock face by Mexican silver miners ) from Spanish taco plug, wad akin to Italian tacco chock, wedge perhaps of Germanic origin and akin to Old English staca stake
From Mexican Spanish taco (“light lunch", literally, "stopple, plug, wad").