Rooted in tradición mexicana and infused with Texas food culture, tacos are some of Texans’ all-time favorite foods. In The Tacos of Texas, the taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece take us on a muy sabroso taco tour around the state as they discover the traditions, recipes, stories, and personalities behind puffy tacos in San Antonio, trompo tacos in Dallas, breakfast tacos in Austin, carnitas tacos in El Paso, fish tacos in Corpus Christi, barbacoa in the Rio Grande Valley, and much more.
Starting with the basics—tortillas, fillings, and salsas—and how to make, order, and eat tacos, the authors highlight ten taco cities/regions of Texas. For each place, they describe what makes the tacos distinctive, name their top five places to eat, and listen to the locals tell their taco stories. They hear from restaurant owners, taqueros, abuelitas, chefs, and patrons—both well-known and everyday folks—who talk about their local taco history and culture while sharing authentic recipes and recommendations for the best taco purveyors.
Whether you can’t imagine a day without tacos or you’re just learning your way around the trailers, trucks, and taqueros that make tacos happen, The Tacos of Texas is the indispensable guidebook, cookbook, and testimonio.
MANDO RAYO and JAROD NEECE are the authors of the best-selling book Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day and bloggers at TacoJournalism.com. Rayo is the CEO and engagement strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural advertising agency in Austin; Neece is the producer and senior programmer of the SXSW Film Festival and Conference.
THE TACOS OF TEXAS
Rooted in Mexican tradition and infused in Texas food culture, tacos can be eaten wherever you go across the state. From puffy tacos in San Antonio, tacos de cabrito in Laredo, breakfast tacos in Austin, to tacos de buche in El Paso, there's something for everyone!
From the traditional to the more modern take on tacos, this story is about the love of the iconic Mexican and Texas food and is an in-depth look into Texas taco culture. You’ll go behind-the-scenes with the trailers, trucks and “taqueros” that make it all possible. You'll hear the stories, traditions and cultures behind the tacos and see why Texans from all over the state believe their tacos are the best.
We discovered the rich food culture, history and traditions that have been passed from one generation to the next through stories, experiences, recipes and photography.
We canvassed the great state of Texas from the Rio Grande Valley to West Texas to bring you the tastiest tacos.
This is The Tacos of Texas…
- 6 weeks on the road!
- 7000+ miles driven – in The Lonestar State!
- 1000’s of photos taken by Marco Torres
- 500+ Tacos consumed
- 100+ Interviews filmed by Dennis Burnett for the documentary video series
- 10 Cities: Abilene / Austin / Brownsville - McAllen / Corpus Christi / Dallas - Fort Worth / El Paso / Houston / Laredo / Midland - Odessa / San Antonio
- 3 Mayors, 1 Police Chief, 1 Poet Laureate, multiple chefs & cooks & lots of abuelitas!
- 2 Taco Journalists
- 1 #ChevyTacoTruck
- 1 new & official Tacos of Texas tattoo!
While doing our very important research, we discovered and rediscovered different parts of Texas, all in the name of tacos. From West Texas to the Gulf Coast, if people were making tacos, we were there to eat them. No tacos were left untouched. And, yes, Texas does have a ton of taco options, and as we drove thousands of miles for The Tacos of Texas, we found that each region has different flavors and styles and the taco that everyone loves. These are The Iconic Tacos of Texas!
Behind every taco book, there's a group of hungry taco journalists. Meet the team that wrote the book - literally - on tacos in Texas.
If you love tacos as much as we do, you'll want to stay tuned to our Tacos of Texas Video Series. We'll be publishing new videos that highlight the culture, history, and flavor that make tacos in Texas so great.
The Tacos of Texas: Rooted in tradición mexicana and infused with Texas food culture, tacos are some of Texans’ all-time favorite foods. In The Tacos of Texas, the taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece take us on a muy sabroso taco tour around the state as they discover the traditions, recipes, stories, and personalities behind puffy tacos in San Antonio, trompo tacos in Dallas, breakfast tacos in Austin, carnitas tacos in El Paso, fish tacos in Corpus Christi, barbacoa in the Rio Grande Valley, and much more. The Tacos of Texas is the indispensable guidebook, cookbook, and testimonio.
Tacos of Texas Snapbacks: Impress your friends and abuelitas!
Austin Breakfast Tacos: Fresh tortillas, fluffy huevos con bacon and spicy salsa--good morning, Austin. Or good afternoon, evening, night--whenever From taco tailgates to taquerias, there is a taco for every occasion and persuasion. Some say that it was born in the days of cowboys and vaqueros, and others say it was a creation of the Tex-Mex culture, but one thing is certain: the breakfast taco has taken over the Capital City. From South Congress to North Austin, neon and chalkboard signs tempt hungry passersby with their best morning-time handheld bites. With over forty breakfast taco recipes, Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece investigate (and masticate) the history, culture and traditions of that indelible and delectable Austin treat: the breakfast taco.
Our taco team is kind of a big deal. ;) Be sure to check out our recent mentions on the interwebs!
The secret society of tacos have officially formed The Texas Taco Council (TTC) and has inducted the inaugural members from across 10 cities in Texas. The TTC members represent their cities and regions in the new book, The Tacos of Texas, to be published by University of Texas Press in the Fall of 2016.
The Texas Taco Council helped identify the best taco dishes and restaurants from across the state, and shared their top 10 taco lists and insights on the taco culture in their respective cities. Bienvenidos Texas Taco Council members! Check them out & give ’em some taco love!
Tune in to the Texas Standard for our new #tacotalk segment. We'll be discussing all things tacos! Find your station aquí.
We'd love to hear from you. We're always ready to spread the taco love and learn about new places & taco adventures. If you want to talk tacos, feel free to shoot us an email at tacosoftx(at)gmail(dot)com.
The taco journey took us across the great state of Texas, where we met some amazing people and ate hundreds of tasty tacos. A lot of hard work went in to The Tacos of Texas, and we'd like to give a shout-out to the partners that helped us along our way.
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