The Fishy History of the Mouthwatering Baja Taco 🌮
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The Fishy History of the Mouthwatering Baja Taco

On our quest to capture the most decadent flavors in the world into our new line of artisanal nuts, there’s one that had our team drooling from the get-go. 

This is the Baja Taco seasoning, featured in the Nature’s Garden Baja Taco Cashews.

The Baja Taco is quite new to history, originating an estimated 40-50 years ago in Baja California – a Mexican state on the Baja California Peninsula, bordering the US state of California.

While the history of the classic Baja Taco dates back only 40 or 50 years, Indigenous Mexicans have been savoring their delicate catches wrapped into stone-ground corn tortillas for centuries.

Today, the Baja Taco is a delicacy that is as simple as it is delicious. 

Consisting of lightly battered, deep-fried white fish in a corn tortilla, topped with fresh, shredded cabbage, sour cream, salsa, and a squeeze of lime – versions of the Baja Taco have popped up all across the globe.

Our team of seasoning connoisseurs left out the fish and focused on the richness of the Baja Taco toppings to create our signature spice blend. 

Fashioned from the freshest ingredients, our original Baja Taco seasoning dances across the top of our soft, earthy cashews, making for a blissful bite that feels a little more like sending your taste buds on vacation. 

With notes of jalapeno, tomato, garlic, sour cream, onion, and lime, our Baja Taco Cashews are bursting with fresh Mexican flavors

Everyone can agree that the flavor combinations of the Baja Taco are fresh and delicious. 

However, there's some controversy over where exactly in Baja California the classic taco originated.

Ralph Rubio, fish taco fiend and owner of Rubio’s Coastal Grill, a famous Mexican food franchise in California, USA, cites the city of San Felipe as the origin of the first Baja Taco.

Rubio’s success story started in 1983 when he introduced Baja Tacos to the United States market. He first tasted the tacos during a trip to Baja, inspiring him to turn a failed hamburger stand into a Mexican restaurant. Now a massive chain employing over 4,000 staff across the Western US at 160 locations, the Baja flavor is no stranger to Americans, and it’s in large part due to Ralph Rubio.

Whereas the folks in Ensenada, a port city in Baja, would argue that their city is the true home of the fish taco. The fisher people in Ensenada say the Baja Taco originates from the Ensenada fish market and its opening in 1958. Then again, several taco stands claim to have been the first to serve the Baja-style fish taco – another notable possible originator being Tacos Fénix in Ensenada, which opened in 1970.

No matter where the real origin is, this delicate blend of flavors is renowned for its freshness, a hint of spice, and lime zest. 

Our goal in creating our Baja Taco Cashews was to showcase the best of Baja-style seasoning, using the freshest vegetables to create our spice blend. We wanted our customers to be able to opt for a savvy, savory snack, without having to sacrifice flavor for health. 

Here at Nature’s Garden, we wanted our customers to experience the feisty, authentic flavors of Baja, Mexico, in an honest-to-goodness spice blend that would have you licking the bag long after the nuts are gone!

Today, Baja Taco seasoning can be found as a spice blend to season fish, meat, and beans. Now, you can experience this drool-worthy blend of jalapeno, tomato, garlic, sour cream, onion, and lime, straight from Nature’s Garden in our Baja Taco Cashews!

It’ll be hard to stop munching on these blissful Baja bites, so luckily, we’ve portioned them in convenient, individual 4 oz snack packs. This makes our Baja Taco Cashews perfect for tossing in your office lunch box, gym bag, and your kids' backpacks. For a real fun twist on dinnertime, toss a few of these cashews into your favorite dishes including tacos, stir frys, and salads.


If your taste buds are ready to fiesta and you’re ready to get moving and grooving with a healthy snack that’s fresh, crunchy, and full of flavor… you’ve found it. Get your hands on our Baja Taco Cashews and get savvy with your snacking!

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