Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina
Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina
969 Sam Rayburn Tollway 120
AllenTX 75013
 (214) 383-2150

Celebrate National Taco Day with the Papa Lopez Family!

Celebrate National Taco Day with the Papa Lopez Family!

How do you like your tacos? Do you prefer corn tortillas or flour? Does perfectly seasoned steak get your mouth watering or is chicken your favorite? Are you happier with a grilled fish taco or authentic street tacos? The release of Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina's new Tex Mex menu offers a little bit of everything for the discerning diner, and just in time for National Taco Day on October 4th!

Getting to Know the Taco

At the University of Minnesota, Professor Jeffrey Pilcher believes that tacos were invented by miners. “Taco” was the name for the paper-wrapped tubes of gunpowder that were put into holes to blast the rock and retrieve the silver ore. The first actual evidence of tacos came in the late 1800s, and they were referred to as Miner's Tacos.

In the early 1900s, tacos found their way into the United States thanks to migrants who set up food carts in cities like Los Angeles and San Antonio. While making a little cash for themselves, the migrants also introduced many to true Mexican street food. By the 1920s, tacos were catching on and becoming a popular meal in family homes.

What's interesting is that tacos didn't have the crispy taco shell until later. Softer shells were common until the 1940s. 

The Mexican Food at Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina

At Papa Lopez, we've revamped our menu to include a delightful assortment of tacos for you to try. Learn more about each one below.

  • Brisket Tacos: We fill your choice of corn or flour tortillas with our slow-roasted Mexican brisket. We finish by topping the tacos with pico de gallo and jack cheese.

Papa's Street Tacos: Choose corn or flour tortillas and have them filled with steak or chicken. They're topped with avocados, cilantro and onions and served with a wedge of lime.

  • Papa's Grilled Fish Tacos: Enjoy a flour or corn tortilla that's filled with grilled fish, Mexican coleslaw, jack cheese with a house lemon and wine sauce.
  • Papa's Street Tacos: Choose corn or flour tortillas and have them filled with steak or chicken. They're topped with avocados, cilantro and onions and served with a wedge of lime.
  • Tacos Al Carbon: Decide between chicken or steak fajita meat and have it in a corn or flour tortilla with grilled onions. We finish the dish with pico.
  • Tacos Dorados: These tacos come with your choice of ground beef or shredded chicken. They're fried and served with a sauce made from roasted avocados and our Mexican coleslaw.

No matter which taco you go for on October 4th, we'll help you celebrate National Taco Day with a variety of cold drinks and delicious tacos. Enjoy a margarita with or without the salt and frozen or not. We have a large menu of margaritas waiting to make your meal complete. Call 214-383-2150 to make a reservation or learn more about our updated menu at Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina.