Now I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “what are tacos doing on a sandwich blog?!” Well my friends, this is where I’m going to stretch the sandwich concept a bit. But first, the real question is, “what exactly is a sandwich?” According to Wikipedia,
“A sandwich is a food item, often consisting of two or more slices of bread with one or more fillings between them, or one slice of bread with a topping or toppings, commonly called an open sandwich…they generally contain a combination of salad vegetables, meat, cheese, and a variety of sauces. The bread can be used as it is, or it can be coated with any condiments to enhance flavor and texture.”
From this definition, I think it is easy to see why tacos are making their first appearance on AOAS. Let’s classify the taco under the category of open sandwich, since the tortilla (bread) is on the bottom, but not the top. In addition, we find all of the other components of a sandwich: meat (carne asada), cheese, condiment (salsa), as well as other toppings. Though these tacos did not include what Wikipedia would qualify as “salad vegetables” such as lettuce, tomato, etc, many do, further illustrating that the taco is, in fact, a sandwich.