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October 18, 2022

Taco Gentrification

By: Mando Rayo

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.


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September 26, 2023

Redefining Tex-Mex: Exploring the history and new terms of Texas-Mexican food

Chef, Food Writer, and Filmmaker Adan Medrano will walk us through the history, recipes and research to define Texas-Mexican food.

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September 19, 2023

Traditional Barbacoa and Beyond

From Sunday morning traditions to more modern takes on barbacoa, we’re taking a deep dive into barbacoa in Central Texas.

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September 12, 2023

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

Get to know some of the past and current Latino James Beard Foundation Award winners, nominees, and semifinalists from across Texas!

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September 5, 2023

Decolonizing Tacos: Vegan Taqueros in Texas

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.

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August 29, 2023

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.

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August 22, 2023

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?

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August 15, 2023

Taco Tuesdays in School Cafeterias: Exploring culturally relevant foods in elementary schools

Grab a lunch tray and join us at the cafeteria as we explore Mexican food served in elementary schools. We talk to Austin Independent School District’s Executive Chef Diane Grodek about the food served in schools, cafeteria worker Ofelia Diaz and get honest feedback from kids eating tacos and tamales over lunch at McBee Elementary School in Austin.

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August 1, 2023

Trailer: Tacos of Texas Season Tres

Let’s talk tacos with TacoJournalist, Mando Rayo in the Tacos of Texas Podcast. 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!

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