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When you bite into a taco, you are tasting the results of an ancient chemical process called nixtamalization. It’s a technique that hasn’t changed much since 1500 BCE, and along the way it helped the Aztecs rise to power and made tortillas softer, tastier, and much more nutritious. Today, Benjamin Miller and Christina Martinez are the only chefs in Philadelphia making their tortillas from scratch, which means they practice the ancient art of nixtamalization. [Mas…]


On the ground floor of the Empire State Building in Manhattan, Tacombi Tacos Chef Oscar Hernandez serves fish tacos two ways. Looks legit!


Her mom’s and abuela’s recipes are the secret sauce at Liz Sanchez’ Casa de Ta males in Fresno. She uses fresh corn for the tortillas and tamales and serves micheladas tambien! What could be bad? [Fresno booster Jason Farris made the video.] It’s interesting that Sanchez switches back and forth between saying “tamal” and “tamale.” Que pocha! [Mas…]

Tamalada, a lithograph by Chicana artist Carmen Lomas Garza, is in the collection of the Smithsonian. Looks sorta like your family, right, primo? [Mas…]


In the growing Latino community of Lexington, Kentucky (aka Mexington), immigrant Laura Patricia Ramirez and her family suspected the new “Spanish” influx into town might mean they could earn a living providing comida Mexicana to the neighbors. First they imported fresh tortillas from Chicago, and then started making their own. Now they own a tortilla/taqueria even the gabachos love — they come for the asada and stay for the lengua. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Ramirez has the first Southern drawl-spiced Mexican accent we’ve ever encountered. God Bless THIS America, land that we love.]

Thanks to our amigo Profe Steven Alvarez for the link.

You’re not going to believe this,
but I was born sitting at the kitchen
table with a tamale already in hand.
Of course, some say, that I was born
on a pool table, but that’s another
story.

I still remember the hogs head
simmering in a pot as my uncle
Louie and his buddies sat listening
respectfully as my grandfather
spoke about times gone by. [Mas…]

La Cucaracha: This Thanksgiving, we’re serving … (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz November 20, 2017 Cartoons
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Tacos de guisado? Don’t mind if I stew! (video)

by Barney Asada October 5, 2017 Cultura
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These tacos de guisado — in a restaurant? at home? — sure look delicious. We’ve asked video creator Miriam Rdz for more information. Tengo hambre!

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Texas taco trailer lets you order corn tortillas, so no poop (video)

by Barney Asada September 26, 2017 Cultura
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In Bridgeport, Texas, near Dallas, the La Campechanita Taqueria trailer (now up on blocks) serves terrific tacos on corn tortillas so you won’t get all bloated and have to poop. Because Texas.

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It All Makes Sense Now! Taxonomy of Mexican Food (toon)

by Barney Asada September 19, 2017 Cartoons
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¡Orale! With the help of this colorful infographic we now understand the taxonomy of Comida Mexicana. The tortilla is connected to the maiz bone, the chalupa is connected to the tortilla bone… [Thanks to PICTOLINE on Facebook for the infographic.]

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Latino USA: If You Give a Toddler a Tortilla (NPR audio)

by Especial Correspondents July 31, 2017 Audio
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She just wants to prepare some home made flour tortillas with her baby girl just like she did with her own mom. What’s the big deal? NPR’s LatinoUSA explains: April Salazar longs to make her Grandma Alice’s tortillas with her daughter. It is the same tortilla recipe her grandmother’s mother made in Baja California and […]

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Chef Maria explains: A good taco starts with a good tortilla (video)

by Barney Asada March 3, 2017 Cultura
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A good taco starts with a good tortilla. Chef Maria Mazon of Tucson’s Boca Tacos y Tequila explains.

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WATCH: From maiz to masa, from masa to your table (mesa)

by Barney Asada March 2, 2017 Cultura
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From Milpa to Mesa highlights the process of transforming heirloom corn from tiny farms across Mexico into tortillas. Helpful glossary from video creators The Perennial Plate:

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Fat foodaholic gabacho drinks Corona and makes corn tortillas (video)

by Barney Asada February 20, 2017 Cultura
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Chris Donovan of FatFoodaolics shows us How to Make Corn Tortillas the Wrong Way. Huh? He explains: Tortillas! One of my favorite foods on the planet. Nothing better then a Taco or Burrito smothered with cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, etc. One thing, I can never replicate what I get in a good Mexican […]

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Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Decolonize Your Diet

by Especial Correspondents September 7, 2016 Cultura
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Decolonizing your diet is more than a trendy Chicanx meme, it’s a book, and a chingon idea. If you want to just say “No!” to the comida of the Conquistadors and eat what Tlaloc intended — the authentic food of your ancestors — here are the Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Decolonize Your Diet: 8. […]

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All about the ‘Maiz’ (video)

by Barney Asada August 9, 2016 Cultura
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Corn — Maiz — is central in the Mexican food culture and was first cultivated over 100 centuries ago. Here is a short tribute to maiz, the golden gift of Mother Nature. [Video by Marysol.]

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LatinoUSA: The mysterious origins of Navajo fry bread tacos (audio)

by MOSCA MEXICAN August 5, 2016 Audio
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What is the deal on these so-called Navajo tacos, anyhow? NPR’s Anne Hoffman and Maria Hinojosa of LatinoUSA are looking for answers:

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Finally a legit recipe video for ‘Mexican Street Corn’ aka elotes

by JEFE BOYARDEE June 2, 2016 Cultura
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No pinche RONCO appliance this time, just a grill, corn on the cob, and all the fixings. Yay! As always, street not included, and bring your own Tajin. PREVIOUSLY ON ELOTES:

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Elotes for clueless gabachos … from RONCO (video)

by JEFE BOYARDEE May 27, 2016 Cultura
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RONCO, the company that sells weird-ass single-use food prep gizmos via infomercials, wants you to buy their weird-ass single-use gizmo that makes elotes, which they call “Mexican Street Corn.” Actual street not included. PREVIOUSLY ON ELOTES:

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Chef with beard invents a grilled-cheese ‘taco’ that isn’t a quesadilla

by Comic Saenz May 13, 2016 Cultura
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As 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 […]

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Saddest song ever! Lalo Guerrero sings “There’s No Tortillas” (video)

by Soy Capitan February 9, 2016 Cultura
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The great Lalo Guerrero can hardly sing for all the weeping as he performs There’s No Tortillas. And who can blame him? Here’s our favorite (non parody) Lalo Guerrero song — he calls it a “boogie woogie jitterbug”:

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Can maiz, Mexico’s gift to the world, survive modernity? (video)

by L. OTAY January 19, 2016 Cultura
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As a Mexican court considers overturning a ban on GMO corn, farmers continue the uphill struggle to preserve traditional seed varieties. PREVIOUSLY ON MAIZ DE MEXICO:

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This is how my abuela makes those legendary tortillas (video)

by JEFE BOYARDEE December 2, 2015 Cultura
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My grandma’s tortillas are legendary in my family; she’s been making them since she was a little girl and has been feeding her family with them ever since. I thought I’d shoot a little video of her making them as she passes the tradition down to her great grandkids. — Video creator Rich Lee.

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British Wahaca taco lady gets a gigantic maiz mural (video)

by HABLO PICASSO November 20, 2015 Cultura
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Thomasina “Tommi” Miers, the British lady behind the Wahaca Mexican restaurant chain, is opening a new store in Manchester, England. Miers commissioned Mexico D.F. artist Le Super Demon to paint a gigantic mural based on the myths of the Maya, especially maiz. PREVIOUSLY ON WAHACA:

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