The Tacos of Texas is the new #DocuSeries by Taco Journalism’s Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece, based on the book, The Tacos of Texas and directed by Dennis Burnett. The new digital series is presented with Indie Lens Storycast, a YouTube channel in partnership with PBS Digital Studios.
The Tacos of Texas explores the Iconic Tacos of Texas and taco culture through the eyes of the people in the Lone Star State. We explore the “Iconic Tacos of Texas ” in 7 cities, all with their own unique brand of taco charm. We learn about these iconic styles such as Austin’s Migas taco, San Antonio’s Puffy tacos, the Rio Grande Valley’s barbacoa tacos and talk to restaurateurs, Taqueros, Abuelitas and Chefs, explore their stories, food traditions and each city’s unique take on tacos. We also explore local issues and the stories behind the tacos such as old school vs. new school, immigration, gentrification, street tacos and more. The series goes deep into Texas communities to understand how each city and region stand apart, we follow characters that are influencing the taco scene, explore the traditional to the newest trends of taco making and provide insights into food culture in Texas, one taco at a time.
Series premiere: Longtime pals and Tacojournalism.com writers Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, hit up Austin, where it's all about tasty migas tacos, famous for being stuffed with scrambled eggs and crumbled tortillas. Mando and Jarod explore East Austin, taco gentrification, what it takes to run a small taqueria and--of course--how to make the perfect migas taco. From Joe’s Bakery to Veracruz All Natural, see how Austin comes together over tacos.
In San Antonio, there is no shortage of tacos or homemade tortillas. And in this great city awaits the puffiest of creations: the puffy taco. Mando and Jarod visit with two interconnected familias (Ray’s Puffy Tacos & Henry’s Puffy Tacos) who have been turning corn masa into a a golden perfection for generations. They’ll also talk to cultural icons, Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D. and Mi Tierra’s Jorge Cortez and Stephanie Guerra, the woman behind San Antonio’s Puro Pinche vibe and see how San Anto keeps it real.
Explore the most diverse city in America through the eyes of Houstonians and discover why Tacos Al Pastor are the tacos of the people. See what it’s like to be an immigrant friendly city where “taco trucks on every corner” is a reality and learn how la gente keep their connections through music, tacos and dreams. We visit with photographer and taco aficionado Marco Torres, La Macro and Boombox taco trucks & we talk to a group of DREAMERS to see how they keep their connection to their culture through tacos.
Corpus Christi is home of Selena (Anything for Selenas!), Whataburger and the biggest, baddest breakfast taco you’ve ever seen. In this coastal city, you’ll see The Almighty Chacho’s Taco, visit with Gerald Flores, TacoCreative and discover Hi-Ho’s local charm. We’ll also visit with a group of creatives and find out what cultural appropriation means to them.
Barbacoa Sundays in the Rio Grande Valley are a way of life. Meet 3rdGeneration Pitmaster, Armando Vera, Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que and see how barbacoa is made the traditional way, in a pozo, in-ground oven with mesquite wood. Mando & Jarod take on the barbacoa tradition in the rancho, discuss the border wall and what that means to the people of the Rio Grande Valley and explore the infamous Taco Mile way out in Pharr, Texas.
Move over Tex-Mex, there’s a modern take on Mexican food in Dallas. Chefs and Taqueros alike are taking the taco scene to the next level, from a Bon Appetite Award winning taqueria, Trompo (Luis Olvera) to local foodie favorites, Chef Anastacia Quiñones (Cedar Social) and instigator, gun engraver & cocinero tradicional, Regino Rojas (Revolver Taco Lounge); these chefs are taking on Modern Mexican. Dallas is a bustling metropolis that takes its tacos seriously and is not afraid to embrace new and delicious taco creations from pulpo (octopus) to trompo and pork belly to smores.
El Paso, the West Texas town where people talk in song, the star sits atop the Franklin Mountains, where carnitas are cooked to golden perfection and hometown of the TacoJournalist, Mando Rayo. In El Chuco, Mando introduces Jarod to border life and border food in the Segundo Barrio, they visit with The Tacoholic(s) himself, Jessie Peña and cook up their own carnitas in a cazo with Chef Raul “Rulis” Gonzalez (Rulis International Kitchen).
Mando Rayo, Producer/Co-Host
Jarod Neece, Co-Producer/Co-Host
Dennis Burnett, Director
Zachary Edick, Co-Director
Chase McDaniel, Camera Operator
Wynona Becker, Editor
Mira Lippold-Johnson, Editor
Nick Worthen, Sound Engineer
Robert Gomez, Key Grip / Still Photographer
Maria Real, Field Producer
Gerald Flores, Field Producer