The premiere episode of taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece’s digital documentary series Tacos of Texas is here. The first installment covers the wonder that is the migas taco in their hometown of Austin, aka “the city’s “most important taco of the day,” according to Rayo. Watch the entire episode above.
The taco version of migas, which is a Tex-Mex dish, mixes up eggs, tortilla crisps, tomatoes, jalapenos, and onions and places everything into a tortilla. The pair hit up Tex-Mex restaurant Joe’s Bakery and popular food truck and restaurant Veracruz All Natural (“best migas in Texas,” according to Rayo).
At Joe’s Bakery, they dined with East Austin community activist and a member of the Texas Taco Council Jose Miguel Anwar Velasquez, who delved into the quickly gentrifying neighborhood because of increasing property taxes and competition. The average taco price went up from $1.50 in 2008 to $4 in 2018.
Then it was time to visit Veracruz All Natural’s North Shoal Creek brick-and-mortar to eat the migas tacos with co-owner and co-founder Maritza Vazquez, who talked about how they focus on making everything fresh every time.
Rayo and Neece teamed up with YouTube channel Indie Lens Storycast with PBS Digital Studios for the digital documentary series based on their book, Tacos of Texas. Future episodes, which will premiere on a weekly basis, will cover Houston’s tacos al pastor, San Antonio’s puffy tacos, modern Mexican in Dallas, and more.