The SF Weekly talked to two taco experts to find out the origins of the "anglo taco." Although there are a couple restaurants in Texas that could lay claim to inventing the crispy taco, it was Glen Bell, the founder of Taco Bell, who made them popular. He started the chain in Southern California, inspired by the fast food of McDonald's, which was founded around the same time.
Bell, in search of the taco version of the McDonald's hamburger, invented the preformed taco shell. It was so popular, Tex-Mex restaurants began frying their own taco shells, clipping tortillas to a bent coffee can and frying them in oil. And from there, the crispy yellow shell swept the nation.
• Read more: Where Did Crispy Tacos Come From? at the SF Weekly
Were "anglo tacos" the tacos you grew up with?