This history of tacos in the U.S. dates back to the early 1900s, when a newspaper article mentioned the Chili Queens, a group of women selling tacos from carts in western states like California and Texas. During this time, the Mexican staple began to gain popularity with working class people and tourists alike.

Since then, the popularity of tacos has grown exponentially. In fact, Americans ate more than 4.5 billion tacos last year, and 237.78 million Americans cook with Mexican food ingredients, so it’s safe to say a lot of us will be enjoying National Taco Day on October 4. To get your party started, here are some of our favorite taco recipes to try:

  1. Tacos al pastor
  2. Barbacoa tacos
  3. Tofu and veggie tacos
  4. Grilled fish tacos
  5. Fried chicken tacos

Modern cooking would not be possible without the help of natural gas and oil, which powers our stoves, ovens, grills, refrigerators and freezers, all of which are necessary when putting together these recipes. Even if you use some store bought short cuts, like pre-made salsa and guacamole, pre-chopped onions and peppers or corn and flour tortillas, these items are usually stored in plastic containers or bags.

If you’d rather go out for tacos than prepare them at home, check out this state-by-state guide to the best tacos in the country.