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'Tacos of Texas' web series gives viewers a taste of Houston's cultura al pastor

Chron logo Chron 10/1/2018 Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle

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Taco look at this new show. Some of Houston's best tacos get their YouTube close-up this week as the "Tacos of Texas" episode on Bayou City taco culture premieres online.

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Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale says he doesn't plan to run for mayor.
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Dropping on YouTube on Tuesday to the public, the episode is the second of a seven-part series on tacos and how they are intertwined in Texas culture.

Quynh Hoang and Cindy Griffin, left, enjoy tacos at Brothers Taco House as part of a Houston Culinary Tour on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Houston. ( J. Patric Schneider / For the Chronicle )

Quynh Hoang and Cindy Griffin, left, enjoy tacos at Brothers Taco House as part of a Houston Culinary Tour on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Houston. ( J. Patric Schneider / For the Chronicle )
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Barbecue Inn has been feeding Houstonians for generations.
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"The Tacos of Texas" stars Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, "taco journalists" who have written two of the most-popular books about our favorite tortilla-wrapped food with "The Tacos of Texas" and "Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day."

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The first episode was all about migas tacos in Austin and how taco culture impacts Texas' state capital.

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The tacos al pastor-heavy Houston episode runs around ten minutes in length and features frequent Houston Chronicle photographer and taco aficionado Marco Torres, taco trucks La Macro and Boombox Taco, Tacos El Cilantro, and a discussion with a group of Dreamers in Houston about current events at the Tia Pancha Flea Market. It was also a special episode for Neece as he got to visit his hometown of Houston.

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The edible star of the episode are tacos al pastor, marinated pork with dry chili and pineapple, served (preferably) in a corn tortilla. La Macro's Saul Obregon says the trompo-making process on his truck makes it stand out but he wasn't about to divulge his mouth-watering recipe for Reece, Rayo, and Torres.

The La Macro truck can be found parked outside The Raven Tower bar and concert venue on Houston's Near Northside. Just follow the smell of delicately cooked pork. Boombox Taco is a truck that is painted to look like a boombox and is a rolling target of sorts typically found parked at outdoor bar Axelrad and other spots around town.

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Grab and go sandwiches from Antone's Famous Po'Boys, which is readying a Houston expansion. © Cooper + Ricca Grab and go sandwiches from Antone's Famous Po'Boys, which is readying a Houston expansion. Check out what's being served up at Tacos Tierra Caliente. © Daniel Ortiz, GHCVB Check out what's being served up at Tacos Tierra Caliente.

Latin electro-pop artist Gio Chamba makes an appearance when Boombox Taco is profiled, with owners Alex Martinez and Jennifer Villagomez parked out at the Wonky Power event space off Navigation as a day party rages on.

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The series is being carried by Indie Lens Storycast, a YouTube channel launched in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The Indie Lens Storycast channel also has series on all-girls robotics teams, foster families, and quinceañeras.

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Every new episode, naturally, drops on Taco Tuesday. Future episodes see Rayo and Neece visiting El Paso, Dallas, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley.

Craig Hlavaty covers Houston history and pop-culture. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com. | craig.hlavaty@chron.com | Text CHRON to 77453 to receive breaking news alerts by text message

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