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Austin Taco Experts Are Making Another Taco TV Show

This time, taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece will cover the country with the help of Robert Rodriguez’s television network

Barbacoa tacos in the Rio Grande Valley
Barbacoa tacos in the Rio Grande Valley
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Austin taco journalists and taco authors Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are embarking on another television show centered on — what else — tacos. This time, United Tacos of America will cover the flavors, cultures, and influences of tacos across the United States. The documentary-travel series will premiere in the fall on the El Rey Network, the television network founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (who also happens to live in Austin).

“We’re exploring how Mexican food is intertwined with regional foods,” Rayo told Eater, “like Houston’s Asian and Mexican cultures coming together to make a great bulgogi taco, while still covering the traditional tacos like carnitas, barbacoa, and birria.”

The taco duo will travel throughout the country, hitting up cities in Texas as well as others like Los Angeles and Chicago, resulting in eight half-hour episodes. The first episode will premiere on Tuesday, October 15 at 10 p.m. with an episode focusing on Asian-Mexican tacos in Houston.

“Good food, especially tacos, brings people of all nationalities together,” said Rodriguez in a release. The series “will showcase the love we all share for Mexican food across the country.”

Rayo and Neece know their tacos. After launching successful taco blog Taco Journalism, they co-wrote Austin Breakfast Tacos and The Tacos of Texas. They also filmed a digital documentary series, Tacos of Texas, last fall.

This article has been updated to include the premiere date of the television show.