I have two words for you: Taco Docu-Series. In a TV landscape that has no shortage of food-centered shows, the Tacos of Texas should pique your interest on that title alone. Based on book by the same name, the series is produced and hosted by its authors, Taco Journalism’s Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s all about Tacos in the Lone Star state? As Rayo shared ahead of the show’s launch, “It’s great to showcase the different styles of tacos in Texas and share the stories of the tacos, but most importantly, they are about the people that make them, the culture, and our traditions.”
That’s what every episode of their trek through Texas does. “We’ve eaten tacos our entire lives,” said Neece, “we’ve written about them for over a decade on our blog and in our two books. Now, after traveling thousands of miles across Texas, we are thrilled to share The Tacos of Texas with the World! Tacos. Never. Die.” Their first episode is all about their hometown of Austin and focuses on the Migas Taco. It features the requisite slow-mo and close-up shots of the Austin staple. But it also gives audiences a bit of a history lesson on the city’s racial breakdown, and the increasing gentrification that’s been afflicting the hip Texas destination.
You can watch it in full below, but the entire seven-episode series is worth your time. In watching Rayo and Neece look at tradition in the Rio Grande Valley, Dreamers in Houston, cultural appropriation in Corpus Christi, Modern Mexican in Dallas and more, you’ll be tempted to start mapping out your very own taco-driven road trip in 2019.
All Tacos of Texas episodes are now available on YouTube.