Mando Rayo

Bonus Episode: Regional Taco Flavors of Texas

From border to border, El Paso to Brownsville and a little in between, we’re gonna talk tacos regionales and just like the musica itself, there’s many elements and things that go into them. Our guests include Miguel Cobos from Vaquero Taquero and Paola Gabriela from Visit El Paso.

Black Mexicans, Part 2: Tracing the foodways of Black Seminoles and Mexicans in Texas and Mexico

There is so much untold and uncovered history of the African diaspora, especially that within the lineages of slavery. Food can signal a variety of possibilities within history, and in this episode, we examine the melding and the migration of Black Seminoles across Texas and into Mexico. We join Windy Goodloe and Corina Torralba Harrington, both descendants of Black Seminoles and of Mexican heritage for a Juneteenth celebration in Brackettville before making a pilgrimage to Nacimiento de los Negros in Coahuila, Mexico. We uncover their connecting points, foodways, and how they are preserving and continuing their culture and history.

Black Mexicans, Part 1: Tracing the foodways of Black Seminoles and Mexicans in Texas and Mexico

There is so much untold and uncovered history of the African diaspora, especially that within the lineages of slavery. Food can signal a variety of possibilities within history, and in this episode, we examine the melding and the migration of Black Seminoles across Texas and into Mexico. We join Windy Goodloe and Corina Torralba Harrington, both descendants of Black Seminoles and of Mexican heritage for a Juneteenth celebration in Brackettville before making a pilgrimage to Nacimiento de los Negros in Coahuila, Mexico. We uncover their connecting points, foodways, and how they are preserving and continuing their culture and history.

Archiving Our Food History: What Goes Into Researching and Saving Oral Recipes and Histories.

Food recipes and histories have been passed down orally for centuries, but thanks to the accessibility of technology, we can now archive recipes and stories in other ways. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Meredith E. Abarca about putting together her online archive El Paso Food Voices. Author and blogger Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack shares how she has used her cookbooks as a way to archive her family’s recipes.

Salsa Magic

A taco is only as good as the salsa that tops it off. Let’s do a breakdown of the salsas that complete our favorite tacos, from taqueria style, to hot sauces. We’ll talk about the science of peppers with “The Chileman” Paul Bosland and see how different chiles perform on the Scoville Pepper scale. Mr. Bosland is the former director of the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University and has published more than 150 scientific papers and co-authored five books, including the Official Cookbook of the Chile Pepper Institute. We’ll also eat chips and salsa with the Fantastic Fuego team, Tony Nuñez and Stephanie Sanyour, while getting to know how they went from Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival competitors to packaging their own salsas. Then we’ll go into my home kitchen to make one of my favorite salsas and how to pair them up with your favorite tacos.

Traditional Barbacoa and Beyond

When you can’t make lamb, goat or beef head barbacoa in a pozo, you go to your favorite barbacoa taqueros y taqueras. From Sunday morning traditions to more modern takes on barbacoa, we’re taking a deep dive into barbacoa in Central Texas. We’ll first spend some time with La Santa Barbacha, where they put more of a modern take on barbacoa for those everyday eaters. Then we’ll drive out on a Sunday morning to La Pulga, or as some of you might know it, the 812 Outdoor Market and get it by the pound. Guests include Rosa, Daniela, Uriel, and Doña Landaverde from La Santa Barbacha and Don Miguel Moreno of La Santa Rosa.

Meet Latino James Beard honorees: How this national recognition impacts Latino chefs and makers

Latinos are gaining more seats at the table at the James Beard Foundation Awards! Get to know some of the past and current winners, nominees, and semifinalists from across Texas: 2023 James Beard Award semifinalist Mariela Camacho of Comadre Panadería, 2023 James Beard Award finalist for Best New Restaurant Emmanuel Chavez of Tatemó, and 2022 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Iliana de la Vega of El Naranjo. Learn from their perseverance, their beginnings, and how they got the attention of this prestigious national foundation.

Decolonizing Tacos: Vegan Taqueros in Texas

Plant-based tacos aren’t just one of today’s trends. Before the introduction of pork and cattle to this side of the hemisphere, plant-based foods were the norm. In this episode, we skip the meat and talk to vegan taqueros and taqueras in Texas to understand what goes into making vegan options for taco lovers. Guests include Edgar Delfin from Lick It Up (El Paso/Austin), Chris Rios from The Vegan Nom (Austin), and Belen Hernandez from Belenty’s Love (Dallas).

Mexican Hands: Exploring recipes that were developed by our honored matriarchs, mothers, abuelas, tías and hermanas

In this episode, we discuss how we can honor the matriarchs of nuestras familias. The kind that with their bare hands can flip tortillas over a blazing comal, work and pound masa for tortillas and tamales, and make salsas with their Mexican Hands. Get to know the stories behind the dishes and recipes that are near and dear to our hearts. Guests include Diana Valera from Tamale House East in Austin and Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

 

 

Bean and Cheese Battle Royale

You voted and we put the finalists to the challenge! In this episode, we taste the best bean and cheese tacos in San Antonio, Texas. Which bean and cheese combo will be crowned the winner of this Bean & Cheese Battle Royal? Why is this breakfast taco a staple and part of San Antonio’s food culture? Guests include Stephanie Guerra from Puro Pinche, Nydia Huizar and Richard Diaz from BarbacoApparel, and Jaime Macias from Jaime’s Place.

Trailer: Tacos of Texas Season Tres

Let’s talk tacos with Mando Rayo, Taco Journalist and the co-creator of United Tacos of America TV Show & Tacos of Texas book and PBS digital series.

As an avid taco ambassador, food explorer and street ethnographer, Mando has traveled across the U.S. to uncover the tastiest tacos, from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to L.A. and New Orleans to New York City. And we’re keeping the conversation front and center through the Tacos of Texas Podcast Season Tres (3).

Keeping it true to our Taco Journalist roots, we’ll talk to Texas taqueros, tortilleras & makers; we’ll also explore food cultures & people while exploring issues like Taco Gentrification, roots of Barbecue and Migrant Farmworker rights. We’ve got some muy rico conversations coming up in season tres and this season we’re reconnecting with the roots and history of nuestra gente including Mexican Hands, Redefining Tex-Mex, Black Mexicans, Taco Tuesday in School Cafeterias y más!

Ultima Palabra con Mando Rayo

It’s 2022 and yes we’re still dealing with taco tropes, Latino stereotypes & pendejadas. But in between all that hot mess, we still have lots of tacos to enjoy. Today we’ll tackle some of the highlights and low lights of 2022 with Ultima Palabra with special guests from the Taconet, Lucy Flores from Luz Media and Junior Taco Correspondent, Samuel Franco.

Taquiando y Hablando: The ingredients to making a taco podcast

Producer and host, Mando Rayo talks with story producer and filmmaker Sharon Arteaga on the steps they took to create the Tacos of Texas Podcast, Season Dos, from research to guest interviews and specialized segments to eating ojos, cabritos, all the tortillas, finding vendedoras along the borderlands, decolonizing our maíz, all while listening to taco beats and traveling over 2000 miles without leaving the state of Tejas.

Tardeadas

Move over Sunday brunch! Today we are vibing at a Tardeada in Seguin, Texas. Travel with us as we fill our panzitas with Tacos and our soul with good music y good afternoon vibes at Burnt Bean Co. The Pope of BBQ Ernest Servantes will guide us through a Sunday ritual of some sacred tacos of Texas. We talk tardeada traditions, memorias, and some of our favorite tardeada tunes y comida.

Thank You Jesus

Let’s explore the original purveyors and growers of our foods and honor the hard work of Migrant Farmworkers. Thank you Jesus…De Nada says the migrant farmworker. Going beyond the internet meme, let’s not only explore where our food comes from but who cultivates it, picks it and gets it to local grocery stores and restaurants. The farm-to-market movement has exponentially grown in the U.S. but when it comes to taquerias and Latino farmers, are they included in the make-up and do they benefit from the farm-to-market economy? In Texas, migrant farmworkers have been part of the farming community since the 1950s and while they may go unnoticed, we’ll talk to some of these unsung heroes who are feeding the people of Tejas though farming and local taquerias. Guests include Elizabeth Marquez and Maria Elena from La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) as well as Norma Flores López from Justice for Migrant Women.

Taco Gentrification

In Austin, East of IH-35 is considered the great divide, from the wealthy and the poor, the whites and Black and Latino communities. With Austin’s growth and gentrification comes even more displacement. You can literally experience it through the city’s tacos, where you can buy tacos for $2.00 at one location and $9.00 at another, all within 5 blocks of each other! In this episode, we’ll explore Taco Gentrification and how it impacts taqueros and the communities we live in. We will take a taco tour of the east Cesar Chavez and 7th Street and also hop over to East Riverside, a place of dos mundos where one side of the street is home to immigrants and families while the other side is inhabited by millenials and new condo dwellers. Guests include Regina Estrada from Joe’s Bakery & Mexican Restaurant, Mincho Jacob from BASTA Austin and Samuel Franco, East Riverside resident and advocate.