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.

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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

Wednesday, June 24

Calling Texas Taco Fans! Do you have what it takes to be on the Texas Taco Council?

Ripped From The Headlines! "Do you have what it takes to be on the Texas Taco Council?" Thanks @Statesman. So do ya, do ya??? If you got the huevos, nominate yo'self, yo abuelita, yo mariachis, yo neighbors or yo cousins!



Calling all Taco Aficionados! 
Nominations Open for newly formed Texas Taco Council
Click here to nominate a taco ambassador today!

Selected members to represent 10 cities across in Texas for the new book The Tacos of Texas by Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, to be published by University of Texas Press.

AUSTIN – June 23, 2015 – Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, authors of Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day, today announced an open nomination for local taco lovers and aficionados to be selected for the newly established Texas Taco Council. Taco Ambassadors will be selected from 10 cities in Texas and provide insider input that will be included 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 will help in identifying the best taco dishes and restaurants from around the state of Texas, and will be featured in the book, sharing their top 10 taco list and insights on the taco culture in their respective cities.

“When we decided to start The Tacos of Texas, we knew it would not only be a huge undertaking but it was incredibly important to accurately reflect the rich histories and cultures each of the 10 cities on our list,” said Mando Rayo, Author of The Tacos of Texas. “By establishing the Texas Taco Council, we hope to gather together those influential and knowledgeable individuals who are passionate about their communities and share our deep love of tacos.”

“A great book, like a great taco, demands collaboration among its makers to reach its full potential,” said Casey Kittrell, the book’s editor at UT Press. “We can’t wait to see what the TTC brings to light.”

You can nominate your cousin, your abuelita, your co-worker, your favorite taquero or chef, your local mariachi, cultural icon or historian, or even yourself. Local taco ambassadors should have a good knowledge of their town's taco scene, from the well-known favorites to the secret destinations that only locals know about. Nominations are open to anyone living in the participating cities:

Abilene
Austin
Brownsville/McAllen
Corpus Christi
Dallas/Fort-Worth
El Paso
Houston
Laredo
Midland/Odessa
San Antonio

To nominate a taco ambassador or learn more about the upcoming book, please visit www.TacosofTexas.com.

About THE TACOS OF TEXAS
The Tacos of Texas is a new book by Taco Journalism’s Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece, authors of the popular book and Austin Bestseller, Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day. We will explore 10 cities, all with their own brand of taco charm. We’ll learn about them from the restaurateurs, Taqueros, Abuelitas, Chefs and Texas legends that make each city’s tacos the best. There will be over 50 recipes from around the state. We’ll hit local favorites, flea markets, hole in the wall discoveries and go into peoples’ homes and kitchens.To Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece, The Tacos of Texas is a subject that is near and dear to their hearts. Both lifelong Texans and taco eaters they are setting off to explore this great state and all the tacos it has to offer. We’ll be visiting 10 Texas cities on our journey this summer. We’ll be stopping in big cities, small towns and everywhere else along the way.
Stay tuned to www.TacosofTexas.com and our Facebook and Twitter pages for taco updates galore.

Are we missing anything? Someplace amazing you think we need to add? Leave a comment below or email us at: tacojournalism@gmail.com




Friday, June 19

TacoLibre: Roadtrip to Dallas!

Roadtrip!!! Who's down? Meet me in Dallas as we explore the tastiest tacos Dallas has to offer. We'll be meeting up with Jose Ralat from TacoTrail and well, indulging the tacos. #QueRico!


For Immediate Release: First ever ¡TACO LIBRE! Dallas
Takes Place June 27 in Downtown Dallas, Full Schedule of Music and Taquerias Announced

Dallas, TX -  From Sonar Management, the producers of Dia de los Toadies and Smoked Dallas BBQ Fest, comes a new one-of-a-kind festival in the heart of downtown Dallas.  Debuting June 27, at Main Street Garden Park, ¡Taco Libre! Combines some of Texans favorite things: tacos, tunes, tequila.

¡COMíDA!
The Taco Trail’s José Ralat, a passionate taco writer, has curated a line up of the finest taquerias in DFW.  Ralat says “"I'm thrilled to be a part of Taco Libre, and to have the opportunity to curate such a stellar lineup. The taquerias serving at Taco Libre are among the best around, representing the diversity of Mexican food on both sides of the border. It's going to be a festival like no other." From urban contemporary to authentic street-style, there’s a taco for every taste – including several $2 options! The taqueria line up includes: Revolver Taco Lounge, Urban Taco, Chile Pepper Grill, Trompo, La Nueva Fresh & Hot, Taco Heads, El Tizoncito, El Come Taco, Salsa Limon, Taco Stop, El Padrino and  Good 2 Go Taco.  Festival-goers will be among the first to get a taste of Tacodeli before the Austin-based taqueria opens its first Dallas location later this year.

¡MUSíCA!
¡Taco Libre! features a diverse group of musical entertainment headlined by Los Angeles based Latin artists Ozomatli. Ozomatli has toured with Carlos Santana and won the Grammy for "Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album" in 2001 and 2004 as well as a Latin Grammy in 2005. Joining Ozomatli are Texas natives Deep Blue Something who will perform their first show in five years.  Rounding out the line up are PiñataProtest,  TEAM*, Party Static and Dustin Cavazos. Cavazos says “Being an artist from Texas there are two things I hold near and dear to my heart: a passion for music and a passion for great tacos. It's great that I actually get to play at an event right in the heart of downtown that exercises these parts of my soul.”

¡LUCHADORES!
In between bands, experience daredevil action and entertainment from some of Dallas’ own lucha libre wrestlers including Aski the Mayan Warrior , El Sicario, El Siniestro, and Rostro Infernal.

¡TACO LIBRE!
Gates open at 2 p.m. Show is over at 10pm.
$12 Buenos Dias Special, early entry until 5 p.m.
$22 General admission
TacoLibreDallas.com
@TacoLibreDallas
facebook.com/TacoLibreDallas


Monday, May 4

Video: El Rey del Al Pastor - Los Barrilitos - Chicago

The time I had a bro-mance with Jorge, El Rey del Al Pastor! Part of my "6 Essential Tacos To Try In Chicago’s Pilsen And La Villita Neighborhoods" on Remezcla. Also, one of the best tacos with extras including cinnamon and Chile de Arbol molido!




Friday, May 1

Los Tacos de Chicago - Pilsen/La Villita Edition

So y'know every time I travel I'm always on the taco hunt. A few weeks ago I was in Chi-town and of course I was drawn to the Mexican barrios to discover the taco scene in Pilsen and La Villita. With a little help from Chicago's own Titus Ruscitti of @TweetsofTacos, we hit it, the tacos, the barrios, the beers! Here's the taco piece I wrote for Remezcla...


Remezcla: 6 Essential Tacos To Try In Chicago’s Pilsen And La Villita Neighborhoods
Sepping into Chicago’s Pilsen and La Villita neighborhoods is like transporting yourself to Mexico; you can feel culture hit you through chatter of the streets, the endless tienditas and taquerias, the Mexican families going to work or taking their kids to school, and the coffee snobs enjoying their morning lattes and cafecitos.

The day’s tally was a total success:


  • 2 espressos
  • 1 visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art
  • 10 sweet mural sightings
  • 6 taquerias
  • 1 tortilleria
  • 14 tacos
  • 5 beers and 2 whiskeys (at a bar that, by day is packed with paisas, and by night, with hipsters); and
  • last but certainly not least: 1 best friend moment with Jorge, El Rey del Al Pastor!


Read the full story aquí!