Wednesday, October 2

This is the United Tacos of America

Oh hey, we made a taco show! We're super excited about our new show, "United Tacos of America" premiering on El Rey Network. The taco team has been working hard to produce our very own taco show with a lot of blood, sweat and manteca! So 'Merica, get ready for it. Show premieres on #TacoTuesday, October 15. 🌮🌮🌮

And you best believe we having a launch pari. Checkalo!

United Tacos of American Lunch Party
October 20, 2019
6:00 - 9:00pm
Valentina's Tex-Mex BBQ
RSVP Here!

EL REY NETWORK HITS THE ROAD IN SEARCH OF THE BEST REGIONAL TACOS IN THEIR NEW SHOW “UNITED TACOS OF AMERICA” ‘Taco Journalists’ Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece Are Sharing Their Taco Journey with Audiences Beginning TUESDAY OCTOBER 15th at 10pm ET on EL REY NETWORK Austin, TX – October 1, 2019 -- El Rey Network announced today that “United Tacos of America,” the new docu-travel series created and hosted by ‘taco journalists’ Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece and directed by Dennis Burnett that strives to find the best tacos across the country, will debut on Tuesday October 15th at 10pm. Each 30 minute episode in the 8 episode series airs only on El Rey Network. Tacos come in all shapes, sizes, colors and makes. After exploring the tacos in their home state of Texas, Rayo and Neece wrote two successful bestselling books, Austin Breakfast Tacos and The Tacos of Texas. For their next adventure, they wanted to embark on a journey across the U.S. to discover regional variations of the taco. “United Tacos of America” follows the taco gurus on a cross-country road trip to discover new flavors and cultures that continue to define modern America. "Tacos are every part of the American experience, from the border in Texas' Rio Grande Valley to Lexington, Kentucky and NYC to Los Angeles,” said Co-Host Mando Rayo. “We explored taco culture and learned from taqueros and tortilleras, Abuelas y Tios and home cooks, rancheros and chefs about not only their love for the food but how culture truly is part of the story of the taco.” “Good food, especially tacos, brings people of all nationalities together,” said Robert Rodriguez, Head of El Rey Network. “As a foodie myself I can’t be more excited that Mando and Jarod’s show ‘United Tacos of America’ will showcase the love we all share for Mexican food across this country. We are proud that El Rey Network is continuing its mission of highlighting the authentic and positive stories our culture brings to this amazing nation.” Rayo continued on the topic of storytelling, “it was important for us to tell the stories behind the tacos, from the cooking traditions to how social issues are connected to the food; immigration, vendor rights, gentrification and respect of the culture are all part of the story.” "United Tacos Of America" Episode Guide Episode 1: "Houston - Asian Mexican Tacos" Episode 2: "Lexington - Nuevo South" Episode 3: "Austin - Brisket BBQ Tacos" Episode 4: "NYC - Nixtamal Corn Tortillas" Episode 5: "Rio Grande Valley - Ranch-style Cooking (Barbacoa & Cabrito)" Episode 6: "Los Angeles - Birria" Episode 7: "New Orleans - Underground Tacos" Episode 8: "Chicago - Carnitas" “United Tacos of America” is a Taco Journalism, LLC production. Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are the series creators and writers. Dennis Burnett is the director and Mando Rayo, Jarod Neece and Dennis Burnett are the executive producers. “United Tacos of America” social media: To find El Rey Network in your area please check out the channel finder at El Rey Network social media: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: For El Rey Network Media Inquiries: Sierra Preston Bianca Flores About El Rey Network El Rey Network is a Latino-infused entertainment brand that revels in the courage, capacity, and creativity of ordinary people on extraordinary journeys. Launched by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and run by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, El Rey Network develops and produces linear and digital programming as well as integrated branded entertainment offerings. El Rey Network’s flagship is a 24-hour English-language entertainment and lifestyle cable channel that focuses a distinctly Latino lens on popular culture. El Rey Network is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

Tuesday, March 26

This is our Taco Manifesto!

That's right, we have a Taco Manifesto. We're trying to make tacos the official food of Texas not only cuz we love them but to honor and recognize the contributions of abuelas, mamás, tortilleras & taqueros that have been nourishing our bellies waaaay before Texas was Texas. So ladies and gentle folk, cowboys y vaqueros, this is our Taco Manifesto! 


Whether you grew up here in Texas or got here as soon as you could, chances are, you’re eating tacos. In Texas, people eat tacos on a weekly basis, and to be honest, tacos have been trending since the 1800’s.

Rooted in Texas’ food culture, tacos are enjoyed all across the Lonestar State. In Texas, you can find tacos almost anywhere, not just at Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants but food trucks, trailers, gas stations, restaurants of every culinary variety, barbecue joints, and even the classic All-American diner.

For many, tacos are a part of their daily diet and people in Texas are die-hard taco fans. Whether it's debating the origins of the breakfast taco, contemplating who makes the best brisket taco, or showing our love for the traditional recipes like al-pastor, carnitas, or fajitas; we Texans are passionate about our tacos. 

Tacos have brought people together to the table to discuss the important policy issues that we have to face. They help small business owners put their kids through school and strengthen our economy. They start many people’s days with a full stomach, nourished, ready to face the day and help make Texas the best place to live in the world. (Not to mention eating them for lunch and dinner as well.) They come in every variety, from eggs and bacon to brisket, al pastor, bhan mi y más.

In closing, we’re asking the people of Texas to add tacos to the menu along with current dishes and foods that are already recognized including Chili, Grapefruit, Jalapeños & chips & salsa. And doing so will make your abuela proud! 


If you believe in our Taco Manifesto, I urge you to sign our petition here and contact your Texas State representatives (details in the petition page).

Mil Gracias, 

Mando Rayo, the TacoJournalist 


Thursday, March 7

Austin Taco Map: Eat these tacos at SXSW

Well hello SXSW. I know you love tacos so consider this a solid. With this Austin Taco Map, you can enjoy the tastiest tacos (40+ taco joints!) in Austin, Tejas, completely approved by this TacoJournalist. Sorry but if you're looking for gringo tacos, trendy or the touristy variety, this ain't that kinda list. So enjoy my friends and make sure you tag @TacosofTexas on the Insta as you devour these amah-zing Austin tacos.

Stay hungry my friends,
Mando, the Taco Journalist

The Real Deal Holyfield Brisket Breakfast Taco

Hand-made Carne Asada tacos - Estilo Rio Grande Valley

Battered bacon, eggs and beans
Breakfast Taco Heaven! 

Bistec all the way! 
Tacos Guerrero

Best Migas Taco in town!

Blackened Fish Tacos
Also see Chori-Migas taco

Slow Rider
Mellizoz Tacos
Braised Beefy goodness!

Taco Azteca
Pueblo Viejo 

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

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

Carnitas Taco
Also see breakfast taco Number 0

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!

Fajitas Ranchera Tacos - Muy Espicy!
Habanero Mexican Restaurant 

Monday, February 11

Make Tacos the Official Food of Texas!

Let's unite all cities across Texas and make tacos the official food of Texas! Whether you grew up in Texas or you got here as soon as you could, you’re probably eating tacos. In Texas, people eat tacos on a weekly basis. Hell, tacos were here before Texas was Texas.

Take the petition now!

Texas State Rep. Gina Hinojsa filed Bill HCR 57 and we're working to get Texas taco cities and taco lovers to unite and support our taco bill.

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 love such choices as pork al pastor, beef barbacoa, and chicken fajita, korean bbq & trompo with lots and lots of salsa!

RESOLVED, That the 86th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate tacos as the official state food of Texas.

Take the petition now y share-alo!

Mando Rayo
Taco Journalist

Saturday, December 1

Binge the tacos! Watch the first season of Tacos of Texas #DocuSeries

I know you love tacos and now you can stream the first season of the new Tacos of Texas Documentary Series. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll definitely get hungry! Enjoy Carnitas in El Paso, Migas in Austin, get get puffy with San Antonio's Puffy Tacos, learn about Tacos al Pastor and taco trucks in Houston, get a take on Modern Mexican in Dallas, make your own pozo for barbacoa in The Rio Grande Valley and wake up to Breakfast Tacos in Corpitos.

Stream all 7 episodes on our site: or on Indie Lens Storycast on Youtube and SHARE-ALO!

But you don't have to take my word for it. My mom said, "Muy bien mijo" and my vecino said, "Oralé Mando." And other people also said...

"Interesting...the only Tacos I've ever had were from Taco Bell." by commenter 🤔
"Did you kill the cow before you cut it's head off?" ~ Kindergartner 😲
"This show is awesome." CaseyNeistat 🙏🏾
"Love this series! Highly recommend." ~ @EddieOsBBQ 👊
"Thank you for celebrating Houston and it's rich Mexican culture and it's tacos and taqueros!!!" ~ Momma of Dos/Connie Gomez 💖
"Absolutely LOVE this series! The fact that this Barbacoa episode is rooted in the RGV speaks to my corazonsito." ~ Kristina Schlegel 👍
"Man, I’m hooked, I want to binge on the series!!  Only problem is that now I’m craving badass tacos!!" ~ @AbeDelgadoEats 🌮🌮🌮
"Weenie and eggs! I thought I was the only" ~ @OnlyASocialEater 🤣

Stay hungry my friends,

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 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


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!
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."
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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 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.
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
CONTACT: Mando Rayo,, 512-785-0447
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