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Mando Rayo

July 26, 2021

Tacos in the time of COVID

It's 2021 and we're still pivoting through the pandemic. In this episode, we check in on Texas taquerias and chefs to see how they've adapted to an uncertain industry and what steps they're taking to keep their operations above water. We'll also take a look at how the pandemic affected both eaters' dining habits and the local hospitality industry as a whole. Guests include Carlos Acosta, Rosarito Austin, and Norma Martinez, Texas Public Radio


July 12, 2021

The Rise of Tex-Mex BBQ

If you asked any natural born Texan what food they most associate with their home state, chances are you'll get one of two answers: BBQ and Tacos. In this episode we examine how these two disparate food traditions collided to to create the Lone Star sensation that is Tex-Mex BBQ. We'll get a comprehensive look at this trend's history, uncovering what exactly is Tex-Mex BBQ? How far do the style's roots go? And most importantly, where are the best BBQ Tacos in Texas found? Guests include Ernest Servantes of Burnt Bean Company in Seguin, Joel Garcia of Teddy's BBQ in…


June 25, 2021

Trailer: Tacos of Texas

Have you ever wondered why Birria tacos are so popular? Or how tacos are saving Texas, even during the pandemic? Or which Texas city has the tastiest tacos? If you find yourself dreaming of tacos, this is the podcast for you.



Taco journalist, author and Texas Standard contributor Mando Rayo has travelled Texas to uncover the tastiest tacos. In his new podcast Mando talks Texas taqueros, tortilleras & makers, explores food cultures and engages lovers of tacos on topics like the rise of Tex-Mex BBQ, the West Texas origins of the Discada and other True Taco stories.

Sponsored by Laredo Taco Company
Production: IDENTITY Productions
Mixed by Nicholas Worthen
Creative Producer: Dennis Burnett
Story Producer: Trey Gutierrez
Producer and Host: Mando Rayo


Mando Rayo’s experience is deep-rooted in Latinx & BIPOC communities. Mando is a digital story-teller and uses his Latinx identity to inspire and build bridges through his production company, IDENTITY. From working with Laredo Taco Company, Beef Loving Texans, KLRU-TV, PBS Austin, Whataburger, Austin Film Society, People en Español y más, Mando shares stories through food, culture, documentaries and digital platforms. As an avid taco ambassador, food explorer and street ethnographers, 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. Mando is the producer and co-author of ‘The Tacos of Texas book (UT Press) & docu-series with PBS Digital Studios and United Tacos of America TV Show on El Rey Network. Mando’s work has been featured on Bon Appetit Magazine, The Food Network, NPR, The New York Times and SXSW.


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