Saturday, June 25

Taco Map: The Iconic Tacos of Texas

For our upcoming libro, The Tacos of Texas, we've done muy important research; we discovered and rediscovered different parts of Texas, all in the name of tacos. From South Texas to West Texas, 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. Way back when we got our contract with UT Press, we set out to do a taco map for the book. It took us a while to develop the content and thanks to Tanya Ramirez, our taco design intern, we have the ultimate taco map all mapped out for you! Ladies and gentlemen, cowboys y vaqueros, These are The Iconic Tacos of Texas!


Monday, April 25

Texas Standard: How we mix cultures to make great tacos

The Texas Standard asks, "When does a taco stop being a taco?" I say NEVER! As long as there are warm corn or flour tortillas, we will always have tacos. In the latest segment of my #tacotalk with David Brown of the Texas Standard, we talk about veggie, chapulines, Korean BBQ, Farm to Table and how we mix cultures to make great tacos.

Korean BBQ Tacos by Tacoholics in El Paso
Photo by Marco Torres
Listen Aquí!

Wednesday, March 9

Eat these Tacos at SXSW

Welcome to Austin, Texas y'all! We have a plethora of tacos for you to try during SXSW. Sure you can go to Torchy's and Tacodeli and you should but there are waaaay more places to get good tacos in Austin. As your Taco Journalist, I urge you to eat these tacos again and again and again!

Brisket Taco
Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ 
The Brisket Taco is the bomb! 

Battered bacon, eggs & beans
Breakfast Taco Heaven! 
Joe's Bakery


Best Migas Taco in town!
Veracruz All Natural 

Blackened Fish Tacos
Tamale House East 
Also see Chori-Migas taco

Egg and Chorizo Breakfast Taco
Keeping a classic classic.
El Primo Trailer 

Barbacoa Taco
ConMadre Kitchen
South Texas style 

Tacos Al Pastor
Mi Tradicion Panaderia
Tacos Al Pastor Enchilado (Extra spicy!)



Tacos al Pastor from the Trompo!
Rosita’s Al Pastor 

Carnitas Taco
Mi Madre's Restaurant
Also see breakfast taco Number 0

Del Mar Fish Tacos
Mellizoz Tacos
Talapia goodness!

A whole lotta crispy tacos! 
La Cocina de Consuelo
Also see breakfast burritos

Tacos de hongos y rajas **Veggie Alert** 
Papalote Taco House
Also see Taco de Coliflor!

Deep in the heart of Fajitas!
Matt's El Rancho 
Don't forget the Bob Armstrong Queso! 


Fajitas Ranchera Tacos - Muy Espicy!
Habanero Mexican Restaurant 



Checka the taco map and go eat these tacos! 

Truth Shall Be the Victor in this #TacoWar


Truth shall the be victor in this #TacoWar! That Austin Eater writer got it wrong, even after I told him to look to South Texas. Catch up on the Austin - San Antonio #TacoWar on the Texas Standard where I talk about Columbusing, gentrification of tacos, culture & the truth!

Listen Aquí!

Saturday, January 16

Undercover Tacos

We don't need no stinkin' taco stand! So where do you go to uncover comida casera or in this case, homemade tacos?!? There's a place you may have heard about. It's commonly known as El Face or Feizbuk except to find these tacos, you have to dig deep into the groups of FB. Instead of using FB to connect with friends and family, there's a different way of using it, more like a Craigslist or an online flea market. Oh yeah, you can find deals on kids clothes, cars, grills and yes, homemade tacos.

See...



But of course, you have to know a bit of taco-speak, el Español and you have to gain the trust of the taco ladies selling the tacos. Usually, you'll get directed to a number where you can text the location of the tacos or a taco corner and in Austin, it'll be right around IH-35 and Rundberg Lane.

So if you want that real homemade taco experience, sometimes you'll have meet the taco lady in the parking lot of the IRS building, gas station or in front of her porch. But this is nothing new, Mexicans and taco hustlers have been doing this since the beginning of time. You see that in Mexico, along the border towns in Texas and barrios of Northeast Austin. And what you get is a home cooked meal by somebody's Mom, Tia or Abuelita and that's all good in my book. 

So yes, I did enjoy my #UndercoverTacos + you get the extras (zanahorias y cebollitas) and that great homemade taste! 


So good luck in your search for that comida casera cuz that's something I'll just keep to myself for obvious reasons. Stay hungry my friends. 

Mando

Tuesday, November 24

Tacos are for Taco Lovers: The Ultimate Texas Gift Guide 2015 by Texas Monthly

Damn son! Tacos be movin' on up! Tacos are their own category in Texas Monthly's 2015 Ultimate Gift Guide: Gifts made in Texas by Texans for Texans. We'll take it! Check out their lista including Texas Humor's Taco Time shirt, SA Flavor's Puffy Taco sticker and yes, our libro (pronounced lee-bro!), Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day. Check out the guide aqui!

SA Flavor's Puffy Taco Sticker
Texas Humor's Taco Time shirt

Austin Breakfast Tacos by the TacoJournalists themselves! Photo by  Four St. James


Thursday, September 3

The Tacos of Texas: Thank you Texas!

Thank you Texas. Thank you for the tacos and more importantly, the people behind the tacos. After 6 weeks on the road, 10 cities, a plethora of tacos and meeting some amazing people, I really feel warm and fuzzy inside. While the book and documentary series is about tacos, it's really the people behind the tacos that will be the stars. Thank you for sharing your stories, culture, traditions and family recipes.



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 
  • 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 


Now to write this book!!!! Que Viva Los Tacos of Texas​ y La Gente de Tejas!

Tuesday, June 30

The Dallas Taco Scene is Muy Rico! #TacoLibreDallas

Monterrey has landed! And it comes with lots of real deal tacos! From trompo to carnitas and patitas (piggy feet) and to Birria de Chivo and the oh so good Tacos Dorados de Papa (molida). Last weekend, I ventured north to TacoTrail's territory - Dallas, Texas and got the hook up at Taco Libre Dallas, part music, part lucha libre and all folded (not rolled) into corn and flour, but mostly corn tortillas. Jose Ralat aka Taco Trail curated the tacos and knows that taco scene like nobody's business. While I did miss out on the Lucha Libre, I did not miss out on the tacos (just check out the plethora of tacos below). Mil gracias to Taco Libre Dallas and TacoTrail for a tacotote good time! 

Carnitas, Cuero y Patitas from Urban Taco

That's me, waiting on the trompo!

Birria de Chivo and Taco Dorado en salsa roja
from Revolver Taco Lounge

Al Pastor y mas from Chile Pepper Grill

Matt and Mando showcasing taco eating:
Americans tilt the head, Mexicans tilt the taco. 

OakCliff Trompo taqueros working it on a hot summer day!

One of my faves: Tacos al Trompo from OakCliff Trompo