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See the guy with the tamales in the hot box on wheels? He’s well-known in San Pedro, home of the Port of Los Angeles, on the south side of the City of Angels. This vato — The Tamale Guy — even has his own reviews (good ones!) on Yelp:

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Legalizing street vendors like the Tamale Guy is one of the key elements of the Manifesto of The Taco Truck Party, announced on POCHO last week by our Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano.

Via our friends at LatinoLA.com, here’s an academic analysis of the issues involved:

Why the City of Los Angeles Should Legalize Street Vending

Street entrepreneurs should not be criminalized

By Vanessa Alcantar and Robert D. Flores Jr.

“¡Tamales! ¡Tamales! ¡Tamales!”

Growing up in the East L.A. and Pico Union neighborhoods of Los Angeles, this shouting is something everybody in the neighborhood is accustomed to because it provides a sense of home. To everyone in our households, this is the cue to scour through the house for cash and hurry outside to catch the tamale lady in time before she takes off. [Mas…]

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truckinteriorBecause of you know who and you know why, we thought it would be chingon to take a look back at the taco truck videos that have graced POCHO’s pages over the years.

Did we mention we love tacos?

In no particular order: [Mas…]

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We Are The Taco Truck Party
Here’s Our Plan To Make America Asada Again

The reaction to last week’s dark warning by a Latino Trump supporter that unchecked Mexicans will lead to “taco trucks on every corner” has exposed a beautiful truth: America loves loncheras.

But far too many taco fans only think of the food and not the people who make it. They fight to legalize carne asada, but not the millions of raza without papers in this country whose comida they happily grub.#tacotrucksoneverycorner is the perfect opportunity to educate the unwoke—and that’s why we formed The Taco Truck Party.

People will trash Mexicans all day and the nation shrugs, but say one bad word against the taco truck down the street, and America revolts—and rightfully so.

The taco truck represents America at its finest: multicultural, forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, and with al pastor always, slowly twirling. They have spread from their birthplace of Los Angeles to all points of the United States, with street vendors and the chorizo guy who sells door to door not far behind.

But this important constituency has no national party fighting for them—until now.
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trejotrumptacobowlAs the election cycle heats up, hopeful candidates try to gain Hispanic/Latino support, but we won’t get fooled again.

POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano spill the Hispandering beans on Maria Hinojosa’s Latino USA. [Mas…]


Aashpazzi, a Persian food portal, knows how to make some righteous American food, like carne asada tacos, and this video is proof.

grilledcheesetacoAs our esteemed Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano has pointed out over and over, the taco is American as apple pie.

That’s why we weren’t surprised when we read reports of a marvelous new American “taco” creation, the grilled-cheese taco.

Although we think the so-called Elite Daily’s headline asserting that “You’ll Never Need a Tortilla Again” betrays the bleak gustatory horizons of an editor who has never eaten a proper tortilla (see videos below), we are thankful she included a link to the original recipe.

Originator FoodInMyBeard blog (original recipes and mashups by Dan Whalen) lays out the rationale: [Mas…]

gushatPOCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano dons traditional garb to esplain How REAL Mexicans Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. [Mas…]

BordertownBarracudaEPNHola. I’m Lalo Alcaraz. You might know me.

I have been a Chicano political cartoonist forever. I know, I know, it’s God’s work, you’re welcome. Now, all of a sudden I’m a primetime TV writer and producer. Huh? Yes, the last two years in my life have been a super WTF. With ten percent LOL. #facepalm

Like it or not, I am now part of a historic pop culture moment: the first season of the first animated primetime TV show featuring a large cast of Mexican and Mexican-American characters: Bordertown. [Mas…]

Roots of Chicano Satire: Lalo Guerrero and Culture Clash (videos)

by Lalo Alcaraz January 5, 2016 Cultura
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Before there was Bordertown, there was The Culture Clash show. Only about TWENTY YEARS AGO, so SUCK IT humorless haters! (It was my first showbiz writing gig!) Big props and eternal thanks to the Culture Clash guys! And before all of us, there was LALO GUERRERO doing Chicano satire, hell, INVENTING it! Check out Guerrero’s […]

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¡Hola, America! It’s time to watch @BordertownOnFOX (videos, photos)

by GUSTAVO ARELLANO Y LALO ALCARAZ December 29, 2015 Cultura

Gentle Cabrones: After more than two years of plugging this again and again, the day has finally arrived: Bordertown is debuting THIS SUNDAY, January 3, on FOX at 9:30 PM (8:30 PM Central) and will be on every Sunday afterward (and on Hulu, too)! If you’ve been living inside Donald Trump’s culo all this time, […]

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BORDERTOWN Mexclusive: Whites are a minority in Mexifornia (video)

by Comic Saenz December 22, 2015 Cartoons
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OMG! Is it true? For the first time in history, whites are a minority in Bordertown, Mexifornia. What are the implications for gringos like Bud?

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Pope visits a (non-Catholic) megachurch in ‘Bordertown’ [video]

by Comic Saenz December 14, 2015 Cartoons
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First BORDERTOWN Clip! “The Pope Visits the Mexifornia MegaChurch” Bordertown premieres January 3, 930 pm on Fox. We’re all going to hell! Posted by Lalo Alcaraz on Monday, December 14, 2015 …. If the Facebook ^^^^ video won’t play, try this [it may take a minute to load]:

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Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano: What is ‘Hispandering’? (audio)

by Comic Saenz November 9, 2015 Audio
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POCHO’s Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz (right) and POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano (left) know politicians will say and do almost anything to get the critical Hispanic vote. Last week, they explained this “Hispandering” to LatinoUSA.

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Lalo Alcaraz: My Excellent Texalent ‘Bordertown’ Adventure (photos)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 21, 2015 Cultura
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(TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 2015 – TEXAS, USA) I’m “on tour” in South Texas, down along the border, screening episodes of the animated series Bordertown, which debuts next year on FOX. It’s exotic! The indigenous cuisine served ^^^ at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, in McAllen, is like nothing I’ve previously encountered – it’s “quirky.” And […]

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Lalo Alcaraz: My Big Fat Mexican Detroit Weekend (photos)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 16, 2015 Cultura
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I spent several days in Detroit this weekend with the UNITY Diversity in Journalism group, bringing our perspective as journalists of color to two vibrant local communities. We had a panel at the gorgeous Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, and discussed the situation of Arab American media portrayals from our varied panelists. At the […]

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Clip y Save: Fall screenings of ‘Bordertown,’ maybe near you *UPDATED

by Gustavo Arellano September 8, 2015 Cartoons
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If you follow POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and me, POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano, you know that we’ve been shamelessly promoting the upcoming FOX animated cartoon, Bordertown. In case you’re just some random Googler who stumbled across this page, here’s the synopsis: BORDERTOWN satirizes life on the U.S.-Mexico border — la migra, changing demographics, religion, […]

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Gustavo Arellano to UC Riverside grads: ‘You are secular saints’

by Gustavo Arellano June 15, 2015 Cultura
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Saturday morning, I had the honor of giving the commencement speech at UC Riverside’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for their Sociology, Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology students (what a mouthful!). Following are my prepared remarks, which I mostly hewed to. I did begin my speech with an explanation of what ustedes and y’all […]

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Can Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano finish OC’s hottest burger? (video)

by Comic Saenz May 11, 2015 Cultura
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Can intrepid POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano and OC Weekly colleague Nick Schou make it through the Nuke Burger, said to be the hottest/spiciest hamburger in Orange County? How spicy is it? The OC Weekly’s Charles Lam reports: The Nuke Burger [at Bombburger in Huntington Beach] is quite possibly the spiciest burger […]

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Ask A Mexican: How should Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo? (video)

by Comic Saenz May 1, 2015 Cultura

POCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano dons traditional garb to esplain How REAL Mexicans Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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Ask A Mexican: Is it safe to visit Tijuana? (video)

by Comic Saenz April 16, 2015 Cultura
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POCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano has just returned from a weekend trip to Tijuana. “Is it safe again in Tijuana, Gustavo?” someone asked him when he got back. “It’s safe — and it’s amazing!” he replied.

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Ask A Mexican: What part of ‘illegal’ don’t you understand?

by Comic Saenz April 3, 2015 Cultura
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POCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers the pregunta “What part of ‘illegal’ don’t Mexicans understand?” with his own question for pinches Know Nothing gabachos.

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans play the radio so damn loud? (video)

by Comic Saenz March 19, 2015 Cultura
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Dear POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano: Why do Mexicans play the pinche radio so damn loud?

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What’s for breakfast? Breakfast tacos or breakfast burritos?

by Barney Asada March 13, 2015 Cultura

Here in Los Angeles, we like breakfast burritos. We like the breakfast burritos so much that breakfast burritos can be enjoyed in Jewish delis, Chinese restaurants, Greek diners, burger stands, sushi joints, lunch trucks, Mexican restaurants, old-school coffee shops and fancy places near the beach. LA.Eater, for example, just published a list of three dozen […]

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans hate yellow cheese so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz March 12, 2015 Cultura
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When POCHO’s Associate Naranjero, the esteemed Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano, watched the video of BuzzFeed feeding Taco Bell to actual Mexicans (photo), he knew he needed to set the record straight regarding the yellow cheese that tops lots of Mexican-American food. Because queso, k no? Yellow cheese, says Gus, has an honorable history — […]

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