• our mission •

The National Taco Association is an organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying tacos of all types and from all cultures. We smash through ethnic stereotypes and just “talk tacos” as now—America’s favorite food item! The NTA is the world’s first organization of its kind, promoting all things taco, all the time. The NTA sanctions taco contests throughout America. These culinary competitions award both points, money, and other prizes. In all cases, NTA assists charitable organizations in raising awareness and funds from contest endeavors.

NTA vows to collect and distribute information that provides:

  • Industry news, food trends, and taco-related media
  • Member data, connecting restaurants and  individual competitors across America
  • The NTA advisory board provides educational programs, consultation services, and speaking presentations to promote tacos as one of the most culturally adapted cuisines in the world.

• overview •

At its core, The National Taco Association is inspired simply by the taco—America’s most adapted and adaptable cuisine. Created by two amigos who threw the world’s first, and largest Taco Festival in 2009, the NTA is a celebration of food, friends, and relaxed lifestyles. The NTA is the world’s first group of its kind, connecting with the public from multiple angles. We intend to give an identity to a community that already exists, by simply pointing out the thing that ties us all together—our love of tacos. The NTA, acts as a third-party operation that oversees the sanctioning process, the event-day judging, and the prize fund.

The NTA has developed a proprietary scoring system, to insure a consistent and fair result to be used in legitimate taco competitions. Our scoring system is based on four main taco categories— Beef, Chicken, Pork and Fish. Each category is judged for Taste, Presentation, and Texture. This scoring mechanism, is currently being utilized in a Nation-Wide Taco Competition. The “Taco Festival,” is a partnership with Gannett Media and USA Today, bringing a ten-city tour to a market near you (see tacofestivals.com for details).

The NTA provides peace of mind to the competitors, who know that “sanctioned” events have:

1. Serious Judges

2. Fair Scoring

3. Actual Prizes

(Awarded in a timely manner!)

• membership •


  • A sweet membership card with your name on it
  • The monthly “Talkin’ Tacos” e-newsletter


  • A sweet membership card with your name on it
  • The monthly “Talkin’ Tacos” e-newsletter + One stylish NTA T-shirt!


  • Hard Goods: Plaque, sticker
  • Digital Assets: logos, banner ads
  • Website Skins / Advertising: on NTA site, in newsletter, and social media.

• becoming an NTA judge •

Registration for NTA Judges is now open… get started via the link below!

• contact us •