Thursday, October 4

Watch New #Tacomentary on National Taco Day!

We made a #Tacomentary! And on this National Taco Day, you should watch the Tacos of Texas #DocuSeries including our first two episodes: Austin's Migas Tacos and Houston's Tacos al Pastor. While you're at it, why not support a local taqueria?!? Subscribe to our Youtube Channel here.

Houston: Tacos al Pastor
In Houston, one of America’s most diverse cities, there are taco trucks on every corner and tacos al pastor are the "tacos of the people." Party it up in H-Town as Mando and Jarod visit La Macro and Boombox taco trucks for some trompo tacos (“the Mexican shawarma”), meet photographer/taco aficionado Marco Torres, and get real with local DREAMers.



Austin Migas Taco: 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.


Friday, March 9

SXSW TACO MAP 2018

This is a TACO SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT! We created the SXSW Taco Map with 30 go-to taco joints for your eating pleasure! We've eaten at all these taco joints, taquerias, trailers, trucks and mom & pop shops so yes, these are TacoJournalism approved. Sorry no gringo tacos here, no hotel tacos, no commercial tacos, no college tacos and no downtown tacos. So if you like the real deal tacos, hit these places up!

Stay hungry mi amigos!
TacoJournalism
Tacos of Texas

P.S. Hit us up for the Airbnb Austin Taco Tour on Saturday, March 10 at 10:30am. Register here.



Tuesday, February 20

We're making a Tacomentary!!!

Y'all know we're about that #TacoLife and we about to take the tacos and The Tacos of Texas to a whole 'nother level! We pitched our idea, shot the pilot and now we're on for a 7 episode docu-series with ITVS Indie Lens Storycast in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. 


We'll explore all things tacos, taco culture and the people who make them and explore issues (cuz y'know, it's PBS) such as: taco gentrification and the importance of the tortilla, connecting audiences with the faces of immigrants who keep local traditions alive while pursuing the American Dream. Shoot, we'll prally chow down some tacos with Cookie Monster! LOL. No, not really. 

Check out el presser below for más details. 
 

 
ITVS Indie Lens Storycast Picks Up 'The Tacos of Texas' 
Digital Web Series
 
Austin, Texas, February 20, 2018 – ITVS has greenlit a new digital series, The Tacos of Texas, that will stream exclusively on Indie Lens Storycast, a YouTube channel launched September 12, 2017 in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, the team behind the books, The Tacos of Texas and Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day, set off to explore iconic tacos in cities throughout the Lone Star State in this seven-episode documentary series.
 
"We're excited to show viewers Texas' iconic taco styles such as San Antonio’s Puffy tacos, Austin’s Migas tacos, El Paso’s Carnitas tacos and the Rio Grande Valley’s Barbacoa tacos y más. We'll talk to the people behind the tacos, explore their stories, food traditions and uncover each city’s unique take on tacos," said Mando Rayo, Series Producer.
 
Born with tacos in hand, these Texas natives spent the past ten years covering the local taco scene, and now their love of this Texas staple will take them deeper than ever before as they explore the Taco Culture. The series will highlight local issues such as: taco gentrification and the importance of the tortilla, connecting audiences with the faces of immigrants who keep local traditions alive while pursuing the American Dream.
 
"Tacos are everything in Texas. We want people to see it for themselves through the eyes of people that make them. We're excited to partner with ITVS for this series because for us, tacos always taste better when you know the story behind the tortilla," said Jarod Neece, Series Co-Producer.
 
The series has already begun filming and will continue through July, visiting El Paso, Austin, San Antonio, Brownsville, Houston, Corpus Christi and Dallas.
 
"With Tacos of Texas, the Indie Lens Storycast team saw two very engaging hosts in Mando and Jarod, who both have a deep knowledge of the diverse and quirky taco scenes across Texas," says Pamela Torno, Indie Lens Storycast Series Producer. "This series will give our digital audience an authentic tour of the state and give voice to the communities that are holding onto traditions while creating new ones, so we're pleased to support it."
 
Stay up-to-date and go behind the scenes by subscribing to Indie Lens Storycast and following The Tacos of Texas:
 
Tacos of Texas: www.tacosoftexas.com  
Tacos of Texas sample images: http://www.tacosoftexas.com/itvs-web-series
Indie Lens Storycast: http://bit.ly/StorycastSubscribe 
Tacos of Texas on Instagram: www.instagram.com/tacosoftexas  
Tacos of Texas on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tacosoftexas 
 
About the Producers
Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are the authors of the best-selling books, The Tacos of Texas (University of Texas Press, 2016), Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day (The History Press, 2013) and founders of the blog TacoJournalism.com. Rayo is the CEO and engagement strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural advertising agency and Neece is the Senior Film Programmer for SXSW Conference & Festivals, working with them since 2002.
 
Crew
Mando Rayo, Producer/Co-Host
Jarod Neece, Co-Producer/Co-Host
Dennis Burnett, Director
Zachary Edick, Co-Director
Wynona Becker, Editor
Maria Real, Field Producer
Gerald Flores, Field Producer
Nick Worthen, Sound Engineer
Robert Gomez, Key Grip / Still Photographer
 
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CONTACT: Mando Rayo, armandorayo@gmail.com, 512-785-0447
 
 
About Indie Lens Storycast
Indie Lens Storycast is a free docuseries YouTube channel presented by Independent Lens in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. Created by indie filmmakers, and developed by ITVS, Indie Lens Storycast showcases stories that reflect the funny, strange, and dynamic world we live in. Featuring a range of topics and expanding Independent Lens' content offerings to connect with a digital-savvy audience and experiment with new formats to spark conversations vital to communities across America. Visit the Indie Lens Storycast channel on YouTube for more information.
 
About Independent Lens
Independent Lens is an Emmy®Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. The acclaimed series, with Lois Vossen as executive producer, features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens. Join the conversation:facebook.com/independentlens and on Twitter @IndependentLens
 
About PBS Digital Studios
The PBS Digital Studios network on YouTube includes more than 15 ongoing original series, including from PBS member stations across the country, designed to engage, enlighten and entertain online audiences. The PBS Digital Studios network has more than 12 million subscribers and has generated more than one billion views. Series include the Webby Award-winning It’s Okay To Be Smart, Physics Girl and Crash Course, as well as popular series such as BrainCraft, PBS Space Time and more.
 
About ITVS
ITVS is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that has, for over 25 years, funded and partnered with a diverse range of documentary filmmakers to produce and distribute untold stories. ITVS incubates and co-produces these award-winning films and then airs them for free on PBS via our weekly series, Independent Lens, as well as on other PBS series and through our digital platform, OVEE. ITVS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information, visit itvs.org.

Friday, September 1

Tacos for Houston (Hurricane Harvey Relief)

Calling all taco lovers! Join us for Tacos for Houston as we raise funds for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Your mission is to go eat tacos this Saturday, 9/2 (yes all day!) with our participating taco shops & taquerias as portions of the sales will help our amigos in Houston & the Gulf Coast.



Veracruz All Natural (All locations)
Tamale House East (East Austin featuring #RevolucionBeer)
VaqueroTaquero (Hyde Park)
Taco Joint (All locations)
Pueblo Viejo (Brushy Creek Location)
Mellizoz Tacos (South First Street Location)
Independence Brewing Co. (#RevolucionBeer stop!)
Kesos Taco House (UT area)

Click here for el map

RSVP Aquí!

So wake up on Saturday and satisfy your taco obsession while helping nuestros amigos in Houston and the Gulf Coast!

Proceeds will benefit the Greater Houston Community Foundation & other local nonprofits.

Thursday, August 3

Nobody CAN like a MexiCAN! #RevolucionBeer

By now, some of you may have huuurd about our taco beer - Revolución Saison Ale, a collab with Independence Brewing. Yeah, we're taking the tacos to a whole 'nother level ya'll! We had a big blow out pari at IndyBrewing with all the tacos, we introduced it to SA and guess what? They like it, expect for the group of teachers that prefer light beer. :/ Anyjuays. You can get your Revolución at you local HEB, checka the list of Texas stores aquí. Read up on why Revolución is the perfect complement to your carnitas, carne asada and even tacos al pastor on Food and Wine. Oh yeah, we fancy like dat!

Also checka the world premiere of Nobody CAN like a MexiCAN. Get it, get it??? Bwaahaha!



Wednesday, June 21

Breaking Taco News! Tacos of Texas selected for ITVS funding

El team behind the recent hit book The Tacos of Texas, Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece (that's us!), have been selected for ITVS funding to develop a pilot episode for a new Online Series. If greenlit, the Digital Series will focus on the people, the places and the taco culture in the Great State of Tejas. ITVS will be developing the series with the intention of distributing through public media.

The Tacos of Texas team will film the pilot episode in El Paso, Texas this summer. “Being a border town and this Taco Journalist’s hometown, I think it opens up a great story, not only on the love of tacos or it’s people but with issues associated with the region including the border wall, immigration and border-style cuisine.” “We’re excited to be part of ITVS and share our taco love with the world!,” says Rayo.


The core Tacos of Texas team include Mando Rayo, Producer/Co-Host; Jarod Neece, Co-Producer/Co-Host and Dennis Burnett, Director and with work with local teams and the Texas Taco Council for local knowledge and taco insights. “We are thrilled to be working with ITVS to develop this new series. We think it's a great fit for our story and will help us reach a large and diverse audience,” says Neece. ITVS partnership comes through the Digital Open Call which offers research and development funding to pilot a series on public media platforms.  The Tacos of Texas aims to partner with local PBS stations across Texas to showcase each city’s tacos through the eyes of taco fans across the state.

MANDO RAYO and JAROD NEECE are the authors of the best-selling books, The Tacos of Texas (University of Texas Press, 2016) and Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day (The History Press, 2013) and founders of the blog TacoJournalism.com. Rayo is the CEO and engagement strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural advertising agency; Neece has been with SXSW since 2002 and is the Senior Film Programmer.

Monday, May 15

TACOLAB: Rancho-style Carnitas (cooking class)

Y'know tacos taste better when you make 'em yourself but they taste even better when they're made in a cazo, in a brewery and rancho-style. Yeah, put those pots and pans away, cuz we gonna make carnitas, rancho-style. The TacoLab is my introduction to Texas and Mexican style cooking that go back generations, from carnitas in a cazo (cauldron), to barbacoa in a pozo and al pastor on a trompo. These are just some of the styles I grew up with and now I'm sharing the taco love with home cooks, newbies and seasoned taqueros. And no, you don't have to be a chef or have a fancy title, you just have to bring your "grassroots cocinero" attitude & ganas! Register aquí.


THE TACO LAB: Rancho-style Carnitas with author and grassroots cocinero, Mando Rayo
- in partnership with Independence Brewing Company and South Texas Heritage Pork

Enjoy a muy tasty hands-on cooking class by author and grassroots cocinero Mando Rayo. In this TACO LAB, Mando will walk you through the process of making carnitas (pork) in a cazo (cauldron), el rancho grande style. By participating in this TACO LAB, you will be named El Chingon or La Chingona en el mundo de carnitas and tacos. Participants also receive the following:

+ Overview of The Tacos of Texas book
+ History, culture and traditions of carnitas in Mexico and Texas
+ Step by Step process of making carnitas + recipe
+ Beer tasting and pairing
+ Brewery Tour
+ Carnitas Assembly Kit (to make carnitas at home) in parntership wtih South Texas Heritage Pork
+ Option to purchase a signed copy of The Tacos of Texas book
+ All the carnitas until we run out!

Thank you to our partners Independence Brewing Company & South Texas Heritage Pork.

Register here: www.tacolab.eventbrite.com
Tickets are $75 (+ tax) per person.

Wednesday, March 29

WHEREAS, Texans love the warm embrace of a tortilla

WHEREAS, people in Texas eat more tacos than any other food. AMIRITE? Trust me, we do. WHEREAS, we started a petition and now Texas State Representative Gina Hinojosa filed the bill to make tacos the official food of Texas. And for that, generations of Texans and Mexicans thank you. Thank you for enjoying our food, our culture, our tortillas and eating tacos, hell, way before Texas was Texas!

The resolution has been filed and we'll need lots more support from both sides if ya know what I mean! And y'know it's real cuz this is a pic of Rep. Gina Hinojosa and the taco journalist (me)!



Bill: HCR 110
Legislative Session: 85(R)
Council Document: 85R 14323 KSM-D
Last Action: 03/10/2017 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption Text: Designating tacos as the official state food of Texas.
Author: Hinojosa, Gina
Subjects: Resolutions--Official Designations--State Symbols (I0718)
STATE FOOD (NH908)
TACOS (NH870)

By:  Hinojosa H.C.R. No. 110

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, From El Paso to Texarkana, from Texline to Brownsville, from the Rio Grande to the Red River, Texans consume a lot of tacos, and most of the other foods Texans enjoy, including brisket, sausage, eggs, chorizo, beans, and seafood, are that much better when served in the warm embrace of a tortilla; and

WHEREAS, While the exact origins of the taco are uncertain, this staple of Mexican cuisine is thought to have been around at least as long as the Lone Star State, and it has been wholeheartedly adopted as a mainstay of Texas dining; and

WHEREAS, Texans have strong opinions about whether flour or corn tortillas reign supreme, and as far as fillings go, we delight in such traditional choices as pork al pastor, beef barbacoa, and chicken fajita, and we also appreciate the more exotic ingredients that have been pressed into service, including everything from octopus to elk to kimchi fried rice; our state is believed to be the birthplace of the breakfast taco, and although Texans have yet to arrive at a consensus regarding which region deserves recognition for the best breakfast tacos, we are happy to indulge in the spirited debate and taste testing related to this serious issue; and

WHEREAS, One thing Texans can agree on is that, despite the availability of tacos in the other 49 states, the tastiest tacos can be found in the great State of Texas; and

WHEREAS, The Texas Legislature has recognized a variety of state symbols as tangible representations of the proud character and colorful heritage of the Lone Star State; while tortilla chips and salsa make for a satisfying state snack and chili is worthy of its selection as the official state dish, the taco, which needs no dish and can be hearty enough to serve as a meal all by itself, is indeed deserving of a place at the table; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate tacos as the official state food of Texas.