Americans love tacos. We ate 4.5 billion of them last year — that’s 490,000 miles of tacos! But like so many foods, the origins of the taco are unknown. Some historians theorize they date to the 18th century silver mines in Mexico, because the word “taco” referred to the charges the miners would use to excavate ore. These pieces of paper were wrapped around gunpowder and inserted into holes cared into the rock — Not totally unlike a delicious flour tortilla wrapped around perfectly seasoned beef, cheese and tomatoes and inserted into your mouth.

Whatever it’s origins, here are places you can celebrate National Taco Day, Oct. 4 on the cheap:

Baja Fresh: JoinClub Baja and get a free taco.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex: The Austin, Texas-based chain will give away a crispy beef taco with any order for $1. Chuy’s is also offering $1 Mexican beers.

Del Taco: Raving Fan club members get two free grilled chicken tacos.

El Pollo Loco: Join the Loco Rewards program and download the app and get a free entree up to $7 in value with any purchase.

On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina: The national casual restaurant chain is offering tacos for 50 cents each.

Taco Bell: The nation’s largest taco chain will offer a “gift set” that includes four different tacos for $5 — a Crunchy taco, a Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco, a Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco, and a Fiery Doritos Locos Taco.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.