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Each episode we are joined by Taqueros, Tamaleros as well as scholars, journalists, and restaurantuers who help us understand and see Mexican food beyond the plate.

10,000 TACOS‪®‬ Isidro Salas

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 48 Ratings

Each episode we are joined by Taqueros, Tamaleros as well as scholars, journalists, and restaurantuers who help us understand and see Mexican food beyond the plate.

    Replay - Tamales Season

    Replay - Tamales Season

    It that time of year! If you look around you, almost everywhere you go, you will see festive lights, crowds gathering at Christmas parks, packed ice rinks, and, of course, tons of suckers, I mean, people at shopping malls. Yes, the holiday season is in full swing!
     
    But there is another season that is in full swing. A type of activity that involves tons of minutes of prep time. Perhaps tons of pair of hands and definitely tons of love, graciousness, and tons of gratitude.
     
    The season I'm referring to is TAMALE Season! Most call it TAMALES! TAMALADAS "We're making tamales," to be more precise.
     
    Making tamales around this time is special to a lot of people. It's a time to gather around in a small kitchen and spend the next several hours making tamales. And we're not talking making a dozen or two. We are talking big numbers here. In some cases, some people will make up to the hundreds. 
    TAQUOTE: “Tamales, just like their twin-the tortilla, have a deep rooted tradition and have helped get us to where we are now!” 
     
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    • 21 min
    Loco Motion

    Loco Motion

    When I think of Mexican sports and athletes, I think of golfer Lorena Ochoa or boxer great Laura Serrano. Speaking of boxers, I think of Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez. I also think of the relationship Mexicans have with their futbol (soccer) greats. I don’t ever think of winter sports when it comes to Mexico and its athletes.  
     
    Today on the show, we speak to Regina Martinez. She is attempting to become the first Mexican woman to qualify for the winter Olympics in her sport, Cross Country Skiing. She’s also a medical doctor specializing in emergency medicine.
     
    Regina joins us today from her current home of Miami. And she shares with us not just what she thinks about burritos being tacos, chile rellenos, and tips on how to stay grounded while chasing a dream.



     
    TAQUOTE:
    “Never be afraid to ask a taquero for more chile”
     
     
     
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    • 47 min
    Taco Pit-Maestro

    Taco Pit-Maestro

    Today, we not only get to talk tacos, we also get to talk barbecue and where the two intersect. Today we speak to Joe Zavala from Zavala’s Barbecue.
    Zavala’s Barbecue is in Grand Prairie, Texas. It’s owned by Christan and pitmaster Joe Zavala. Zavala’s, the barbecue joint, began as a backyard pop-up before moving into a brick-and-mortar in 2019.
    It’s been a hit ever since, finally gaining the esteemed honor of a spot on the 2021 Texas Monthly’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints list, something he had been striving for since opening and celebrated by drinking champagne out of his shoe, after the F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo’s signature celebratory move. I find it disgusting. Joe Zavala, however, is amazing. 
    Joe has his own podcast, Brisket and Main, named after the intersection where Zavala’s is. He has a YouTube video series with Meat Church barbecue rub and sauce company. He’s been a featured chef at Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks games. He also hosts regular barbecue classes at Four Corners Brewing Co. 
    Perhaps most importantly, after being diagnosed with cancer in 2019—the same year he opened his restaurant—Joe and his wife established the Zavala Family Foundation, which helps restaurant industry families dealing with cancer. Joe is currently in remission. Here’s the kicker, Zavala’s Barbecue and everything connected to it is a side hustle.
    So download and enjoy some of the takes of this episode like some of the briskets he throws down on a weekly basis.
    TAQUOTE:
    “When life throws you a cow, make carne asada”
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    • 47 min
    Taco Literacy w/ Steven Alvarez

    Taco Literacy w/ Steven Alvarez

    Today on the show we bring you someone who studies TACOS, specifically the culture and food. As we’ve said before, “Tacos are bigger than us.” Perhaps no one knows this better than Steven Alvarez. A poet and professor at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, Dr. Alvarez hails from the small mining town of Safford in southeastern Arizona.  
     
    Alvarez is a literacy scholar who walks the line through his academic books, including Brokering Tareas: Mexican Immigrant Families Translanguaging Homework Literacies, and in real-life applications—not just in tacos but also in his poetry in books like the Codex Mojaodicus. His work doesn’t differentiate between English and Spanish nor is it, as previously mentioned, constrained to convention when it comes to layout, much less narrative. Literacy and typographical mestizaje
     
     
    TAQUOTE:
    “If at first you don’t succeed, warm up another tortilla”
     
    BONUS TAQUOTE:
    “Like the heated tortilla, you too shall rise!” (Steven Alvarez)
     
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     LINKS
     
    You Can Now Study Tacos at the University of Kentucky - VICE
     
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    • 55 min
    Good Sauce with Ali Kahn

    Good Sauce with Ali Kahn

    Today on the show we speak to Ali Khan, a native of St. Louis. Ali Khan has been in food writing and showbusiness for a long-o time. He went to film school at USC. He’s written for L.A. Taco. And he got his big break in 2015 with the Cooking Channel series Cheap Eats. The show ran for five seasons and visited almost 60 cities in 40 states. Ali is currently the host of the Spring Baking Challenge on Food Network and a recurring judge on the Chopped series. 
     
    Ali also has a big online presence with series with Travel Texas, his own YouTube channel, Good Sauce, and podcasts, including one about Major League Soccer team Austin FC. He also recently began a brand partnership as an official spokesman for FARE, a non profit organization dedicated to helping 32 million American who live with food allergies. 
     
     
    TAQUOTE
     
    “Live life like a taco, always be open to whatever life can fill in it”
     
     LINKS
     
    https://alikhaneats.com
     
    Ali's Podcast
     
    Ali's Instagram
     
    Ali's You Tube

    • 45 min
    Tacos In Verse

    Tacos In Verse

    Tacos In Verse
     
    This week’s guest infuses culture, food–which is culture—and Spanglish in inspiring ways. His work has appeared in chapbooks, anthologies, and the streets of San Antonio. He’s traveled the country to perform his work, including, most recently, Louisville, KY, where he won a haiku contest. He is the host of the Sunday open mic at Dakota Ice House in San Antonio, a native of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, a longtime resident of the Alamo City, a high school teacher, a co-founder of the International Taco Council, and a good sport when it comes to criss-crossing San Anto for tacos, allow me to introduce Eddie Vega. 
     
    FACO
    Denver’s taco scene
     
    TAQUOTE
    In the world of tacos, there has never been evidence of discrimination when it comes to yellow, white, blue, and/or brown tortillas.
     
    Links: @eltacolico on all social media, including IG (https://www.instagram.com/tacolico/?hl=en)

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

PPGWannaBe ,

Wonderful

The stories have made me cry and laugh and make me feel connected to my culture, my past and my family. Well done.

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Falling in Love with this Podcast

With each new episode, I’m getting more and more attached to Isidro, his family stories, and what he has to say. This is a solid guy with great teachings. Everyone should listen and see what nugget they can pull out and apply to their own life situation. And everyone should listen with an open heart and learn about someone from a different walk of life. Keep it rollin! Muchas gracias!

Cleo and Lily ,

Great short stories!

Isidro’s podcast is full of short stories about life. Listening to him makes me laugh and also want to cry. You can tell he works hard on what to include. I listen on the way to work and it helps me start my day. A must listen - you don’t be disappointed!

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