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October 11, 2021

Taco Misinformation

Tacos of Texas

By: Mando Rayo

Since the turn of the century, the taco has become a staple of American cuisine, one on par with sushi and pizza. And yet misinformation about the dish (and Mexican food in general) still runs rampant in the United States. For example, did you know that the misconception that taco trucks are somehow dirtier or less sanitary than other operations can be traced back to bigotry against the first Latina entrepreneurs who sold street food in San Antonio in the 1800s? In this episode, we take a deep dive into the long and messy history of Mexican Food misinformation and how that misinformation continues still today. Guests include Dr. Mary Beltrán, of the University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark of, the University of Texas at San Antonio.

September 27, 2021

Chicanos & Chingonas on The Rise

Tacos of Texas

By: Mando Rayo

2020 is the taco’s time to shine — and it’s the Chicanos, Latinx, Chingonas behind it all. In this episode, we’ll check in with the entrepreneurs who are behind some of Texas’s hottest food trends. We’ll also examine the ways in which these taqueros are working together to keep traditions alive and the culture as strong as ever. Guests include Emiliano Marentes – Elemi (El Paso), Edgar Rico, Nixta Taqueria (Austin) and Victoria Elizondo, Cochinita & Co (Houston).

September 13, 2021

West Texas: The Origins of the Discada

Tacos of Texas

By: Mando Rayo

Using the Disco, (a cooking apparatus whose origins are often attributed to the camaraderie between Mexican and Chinese rail workers in the early 20th century), we’ll trace how traditions and cultures intersect, and what effects that cultural fusion has on subsequent generations for years. We’ll explore the connections and history of the Chinese and Mexican roots of their own versions of the disco. Guests include Dr. Guillermina Gina Nunez-Mchiri, UT El Paso (El Paso), and Francisco “Paco” Wong (El Paso).