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This week, we head to Germantown, Maryland, to discuss it's role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and how - in 2018 - Tortacos and John Espana have brought West Coast tacos to the East, and how the restaurant was born out of a love of Mexican food. Then, Rob & guest chef Ed Robinson cook a new taco recipe - Carne Deshebrada en Salsa Roja with Blueberry Compote!

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Taqueando Festival

June 23rd, 2019


A full review of Bill Esparza's first Taqueando Festival in Los Angeles - all the vendors we hit up, all the tacos we ate, and who won the best taco!

Tacos Lucha

May 14th, 2019


Visalia, California - home to Tacos Lucha! In the Season 2 finale, we talk to Chris of Tacos Lucha about food, family, and what drew him to California's Central Valley and why he chose to share his tacos with the …

Vaquero Taquero

May 7th, 2019


We're in Austin, Texas this week with Vaquero Taquero! Daniel & Miguel Cobos sat down with us and talked about how they went from a cart in front of the museum, to a truck, to a brick and mortar taqueria, with the …


April 30th, 2019


This week, we've got one foot in Texas & one in California - as we talk Breakfast Tacos with HomeState! LA's famed taqueria sits down with …

Portside Fish Co.

April 23rd, 2019


Chef Fernando Valladares of Portside Fish Co. in Irvine, California talks this week about his rise from culinary school to chef and co-owner of …

Ponchos Tlayudas

April 16th, 2019


“Viernes de Tlayudas.” Tlayuda Friday in Los Angeles at FIOB, and it's where you'll find Poncho's Tlayudas every week. We got to sit down with Poncho and talk about his unique rise to fame in the LA food scene, and what …

Trill Taqueria

April 9th, 2019


Austin, Texas - we're back! This week, we got to interview Nick Belloni of Trill Taqueria, which has been blowing up Austin with his unique recipes & amazing vegetarian menu!

Bill Esparza

April 2nd, 2019


James Beard Award-winning writer, author, and taco expert Bill Esparza talks food, family, and his inaugural Taqueando Festival, happening in Los Angeles on June 15th, 2019! No one knows Mexico & Mexican food better …

Tacos 1986

March 26th, 2019


Tijuana, Mexico - home of the Tijuana style taco that's sweeping across Southern California with ferocity. It's also the birthplace of Tacos 1986, Los Angeles' taco rock stars. We sit down with Jorge Alvarez-Tostado to …

March Update

March 19th, 2019


What's Taqueando? When does Taco Madness start? We update you on all the new taco news in LA, and tease the next round of episodes coming up!

Arturo's Puffy Taco

March 14th, 2019


The Puffy Taco. It originates in San Antonio, Texas, but it's been in California for over 4 decades, and its story starts with Gloria Lopez of Arturo's Puffy Taco in Whittier, California. We sat down with Gloria to talk …

Teddy's Tacos

March 5th, 2019


Teddy's Tacos in the city of La Puente fought off Chipotle for a year, one month at a time. Brother/Sister team Ted & Adriana talk about how they became taqueros, why raisins are a huge part of their recipes, and …

Gracias Señor

February 26th, 2019


Pacific Palisades, California - sun, sand, and the home of Gracias Señor. We sat down with Rodolfo Barrientos and talked tacos and startups, and how …


February 19th, 2019


Have you ever had tortillas infused with the flavors of the taco? Jonathan Perez of Macheen talks about how his time at culinary school shaped the …

Formosa Hot Sauce

February 12th, 2019


Because we love hot sauce so much, we decided to hit up Julio Lopez-Velasquez of Formosa Hot Sauce for an in-depth interview about his story as a …

Pablitos Tacos

February 5th, 2019


Beef Heart. Who knew it was the most eaten street food in Peru? Danny Rodriguez of Pablito's Tacos does, and he's serving it up in Burbank, California. We sat down with Danny to talk about how he combines Tijuana and …

Habanero Cartel (Kill Sauce)

January 29th, 2019


The Habanero Cartel. In a time & place when peppers are the world's currency, one man is brave enough to make a sauce to rule them all - Kill …

La Morena

January 22nd, 2019


Harrisonburg, Virginia, home of La Morena. This time around, we get to hear the story of La Morena from Javier “Angel” Rodriguez - where the name & logo came from, why his salsas are being ordered by the cup, and …

Mid East Tacos

January 15th, 2019


We're back at Smorgasburg LA! This time, we're talking to Armen Martirosyan of Mid East Tacos about his amazing flavors, how a burrito launched his …

On The Road - La Morena

January 8th, 2019


In the final installment of this trip's On The Road, Rob & Allison find a gem in Harrisonburg, Virgina called La Morena. Also, they hit up Las Palmas Mexican Grill in Rome, Georgia.

On The Road - El Burro

December 23rd, 2018


El Burro in Farmingdale, New Jersey is this week's On The Road episode - Happy Holidays, everyone! We talk about this hip taqueria as Rob & …

On The Road - Fins

December 18th, 2018


Rob & Allison drove from Los Angeles to New Jersey this week, and they're bringing us a taqueria review from the Jersey Shore - Fins Tropicali Cuisine!

Pobre Diablo

December 11th, 2018


Querétaro is the birthplace of two of the greatest revolutionaries in Mexico's history - and we've got one of them on this week's Tacocity! Pobre …

MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos

December 4th, 2018


This week, we head to the Jersey Shore - specifically Asbury Park, and meet Sam & Jay of the taqueria MOGO, and how they brought Korean Mexican fusion tacos to the boardwalk. Also, an exciting update about Tacocity …

LA Taco Editor Daniel Hernandez

November 27th, 2018


We sit down with Daniel Hernandez, celebrated author, journalist & editor in chief at LA Taco. Daniel talks about growing up in San Diego, spending 8 years traveling living in & embracing Mexico City, and why …

Tacos Ah Carbon

November 20th, 2018


From Pueblo to Pico Rivera, taquero Ether Aguilar talks about what makes his tacos at Tacos Ah Carbon different from the competition, and what makes his carne asada so authentic.

Tacos Los Desvelados

November 13th, 2018


Sinaloa, Mexico, known for its cartels, is also home to some amazing flavors. Tacos Los Desvelados in Maywood, CA - home of the sushi taco - is our …

B.S. Taqueria & Broken Spanish

November 6th, 2018


Renowned Los Angeles Chef Ray Garcia of both Broken Spanish & B.S. Taqueria talks with us about where he pulls inspiration from, how to open two …

Taco Loco

October 30th, 2018


Taqueria el Taco Loco #7 in the historic neighborhood of West Adams in South Los Angeles is the topic of today's episode. Rob sits down with Julio …

L.A. Taco's Erick Galindo

October 23rd, 2018


Erick Galindo of the news organization L.A. Taco talks about his journalistic journey, growing up in Paramount, CA, his favorite taquerias, and why L.A. Taco is telling all the important Hispanic stories in Los Angeles. …

Little Llama Tacos

October 16th, 2018


Lima, Peru. That's where the flavors of Little Llama Peruvian Tacos comes from. This week, we're at Smorgasburg LA to find out what makes Little Llama's tacos so irresistible, and the history behind the thriving stand.

Tacocity Week Off

October 9th, 2018


Host Rob Gokee was sick this week, so we've got an update on what's coming up the next 4-5 weeks on Tacocity, and Rob's 3 favorite episodes to go back and check out!

Ricky Piña (Ricky's Fish Tacos)

October 2nd, 2018


An in-depth interview with Ricky Piña of Ricky's Fish Tacos. He talks about growing up in San Quintin, Mexico, why he chose fish tacos, and... he …

Catarina's Food Truck

September 25th, 2018


Catarina's Food Truck in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is the topic of this week's episode. We talk tacos with chef/owner Juan Navarrete, why he wants to …

Jaime and Ramiro

September 18th, 2018


World renowned chefs Jaime & Ramiro of La Casita, Mexicano & Flautas sit down with Tacocity to talk recipes, food, Mexico's Magical Towns, …

Burritos La Palma

September 11th, 2018


It's a burrito episode! We talk with Alberto & Lauren Bañuelos of Burritos La Palma about the their hand-made flour tortillas & delicious …

Breddos Tacos

September 4th, 2018


In the Season 2 premiere of Tacocity, we head to London, England to talk with Nud Dudhia of Breddos Tacos about his rise from a cart on the corner to 2 blockbuster locations, and arguably the best tacos on the continent!

Bonus Episode - Tacocity On The Road (Episode 3)

August 20th, 2018


The third and final installment of Rob & Allison’s trip across the U.S. and back. This episode, Rob talks about taquerias in Washington D.C., Louisiana & Texas - including the legendary Torchy’s Tacos! Season 2 …

Bonus Episode - Tacocity On The Road (Episode 2)

August 8th, 2018


It’s round 2 of Tacocity On The Road! Rob & Allison hit up 3 taquerias - Mona’s Cocina in Texas, Casa Marina in Jackson, Tennessee and Mano Taqueria in Lexington, Virginia!

Bonus Episode - Tacocity On The Road (Episode 1)

August 4th, 2018


Rob & Allison are on a roadtrip from LA to New Jersey, and hit up taquerias in Arizona & New Mexico. Enjoy these quick picks as Rob reviews tacos from the road!

Bonus Episode - Bulgogi Tacos

July 25th, 2018


Another bonus episode before the Season 2 launch September 4th! This week, Rob & Allison cook Bulgogi Tacos and talk about their upcoming trip …

Bonus Episode - Q&A and Ceviche Tostadas

July 13th, 2018


Another bonus episode - this time around, Rob answers listener questions, makes Ceviche Tostadas with Chef Ed Robinson, and announces the premiere date for Season 2!

Bonus Episode - Mom's Tacos

June 19th, 2018


It's a bonus episode/update! We'll tell you what to expect for Season 2, and we drop a brand new cooking lesson - which will be called Taquitos - where Rob & Allison Vanore cook the tacos their moms made!

La Tortilleria

May 29th, 2018


In the Season 1 finale of Tacocity, we take the podcast global -all the way down under to Australia, where we talk to Diana & Gerardo of La Tortilleria, who make their tortillas from the ground up - literally!

Taco Trio

May 22nd, 2018


This week, we talk about the Portland Rum Riot of 1851, and we meet Karen Rasumussen & Manuel Peña of Portland, Maine's Taco Trio. Chef Manny …

Cafe Corazon

May 15th, 2018


We learn about the history of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and meet George Mireles of Cafe Corazon, who talks to us about tacos, seafood, and cow tongue!

500 Tacoshops

May 8th, 2018


Rob sits down with Catarino, who's on a mission to review 500 taquerias.

Taco Window

May 1st, 2018


This week, we talk about the connection between French & Mexican cooking, and we meet Chef Basile of Taco Window to talk tacos, pastries, why he chose the South LA neighborhood for his gourmet take on the taco!


April 24th, 2018


We head to the land of Breakfast Tacos - Texas! Specifically, Austin, birthplace of Tacodeli, the king of the breakfast taco. We talk to founder & owner Roberto Espinosa about migrating to the great state of Texas …

Balam Kitchen

April 17th, 2018


This week, we discover the origin of Cerritos, California, and we meet Rosendo Jacquez of BALAM Kitchen, and how his gourmet tacos quickly dominated the town of Lynwood!

Farley Elliott Of EaterLA

April 10th, 2018


This week, we sit down with EaterLA Senior Editor Farley Elliott, who talks to Rob about street food and tacos, and how the landscape of Los Angeles food has changed over the last decade.

The Social Taco

April 3rd, 2018


This week, we head to the Ozark Mountains & Arkansas to talk about how the town of Rogers, Arkansas was established, and what amazing food Chef Fernando Martinez is concocting at The Social Taco. Then, Rob walks you …

Deckhand Dave's

March 27th, 2018


This week we head to the state you can see from Russia - Alaska! Rob talks to Dave McCasland, a fisherman who became a cook, and serves up the freshest fish tacos in the North! Then Rob and special guest Robb Padgett …

Isidro Salas

March 13th, 2018


This week, it's a crossover episode - Rob interivews Isidro Salas of the podcast 10K Tacos, and vis versa on Isidro's podcast! Isidro talks about what it's like growing up in a family that owned a taco truck, and what …

Bill's Taco House

March 6th, 2018


This week, we talk about the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, and about a taqueria that rose from the ashes and continues to make what is arguably the most unique taco we've ever tasted. Then, Rob takes you on a chile pepper …

Revolutionario North African Tacos

February 27th, 2018


This week, we head to Algeria to learn about the food that Chef Farid Zadi of South Los Angeles' Revolutionario makes every day - the only North …

Corazón Azul

February 19th, 2018


This week we're in the small but mighty town of Rialto, CA, to talk with Luis Magana about Corazón Azul & his signature, one-of-a-kind blue corn …

Allison Vanore

February 13th, 2018


This week Rob sits down with his sous chef, Allison Vanore to talk about the history of tacos, taco crawls in Tijuana, and what place in Long Beach started Rob's taco obsession!


February 5th, 2018


This week, we interview Minerva, owner of Tornandez Restaurante Mexicano in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and she talks to us about how she brought the flavors of Puebla to the Garden State. Then, Rob & Allison break …

Chef Ed Robinson

January 30th, 2018


In this week's super-sized episode, Rob sits down with Chef Ed Robinson to discuss tacos, taquerias, sense memory, and more, before they head into the kitchen together to make Bacon Lettuce Tomato Avocado tacos. Did we …

Chef Esdras Ochoa

January 22nd, 2018


This week we got an exclusive with the Taco Legend, Netflix’s The Final Tables’s Chef Esdras Ochoa, who spearheaded Mexicali Taco Co, Salazar, and 11 Westside in Hong Kong. Then, learn how to make Cheese & Poblano …

El Cotorro

January 16th, 2018


This week we take a trip to the Southwest and talk about The Order of The Golden Fleece and how it relates to tacos - specifically tacos at El …


January 9th, 2018


What do Maple Fried Chicken tacos and Scotland have to do with each other? This week Rob takes you on a trip from Scotland to Mexico to Los Angeles, and we learn about Diablo Tacos. Then... a Big Mac taco recipe. That's …

La Fogata

January 1st, 2018


This week, we explore the link between an Armenian family fleeing from their homeland & how their Mexico City roots created the best Machaca Tacos in the San Fernando Valley. Then, make your own shredded beef tacos …

Tortas Ahogadas Ameca

December 25th, 2017


This week, we're in the town of Ameca, Mexico, where we learn about the torta ahogada, tacos de canasta, and how the restaurant Tortas Ahogadas Ameca came to be. Then, a recipe for Tacos de Canasta!

Chichen Itza

December 19th, 2017


This week, we head back to the Yucatan - this time to the ancient city of Chichen Itza, and we talk to Chef Gilberto Cetina and his South Los Angeles restaurant of the same name about the flavors of that region. Then, …

Taqueria Los Anaya

December 12th, 2017


This week, we visit Manny Anaya, who talks about door-to-door taco samples & his West Adams restaurant Taqueria Los Anaya. Then, in the cooking section, we make Carnitas Tacos!

Yuca's Tacos

December 5th, 2017


We learn all about the death of dinosaurs, the Yucatan, and Yuca's Tacos! Trust me, all those things thread together. Then, learn how to make Cochinita Pibil Tacos!

Mexico in My Kitchen

November 28th, 2017


This week, we interview Mely Martinez from the popular recipe blog Mexico in My Kitchen, and she talks to us about where her recipes come from, and …


November 21st, 2017


Most everyone who grew up in the 80's remembers the fast food staple Naugles. They disappeared in the 90's, but Christian Ziebarth decided it was time to bring them back, and we'll find out how and why. Then, learn how …

White Boy Tacos

November 14th, 2017


This week, we meet a man who feeds the homeless with tacos from his cart on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, which he tries to make a living himself - Ben McMillan of White Boy Tacos. Also, Rob concocts a recipe for …


November 6th, 2017


What do pirates have to do with tacos?! Rob finds a connection between the two, & interviews Dario Wolos of NYC's Tacombi about how he took a VW …

Interview with Chef Chris Hill

October 30th, 2017


Rob spent the week on podcaster panels at the Austin Film Fest, so this week we've got a special interview episode - Chef Chris Hill & Rob talk about the Mexican influence in the food industry across America.

Chicas Tacos

October 24th, 2017


Ever wonder where the Caesar Salad came from, and what it has to do with tacos? We travel down to Tijuana to find out, & discover the story behind Chicas Tacos! Then we make vegan calabacitas tacos!


October 16th, 2017


We take a trip to San Diego to visit with Puesto! Eric Adler & Chef Katy Smith sit down with Rob & talk about the principles & recipes behind San Diego's favorite Mexican restaurant. Then, learn how to make …

Guerrilla Tacos

October 10th, 2017


This week, Rob has a conversation with Wes Avila, the chef behind the insanely popular Guerrilla Tacos in Los Angeles. Chef Wes talks about his …

Black Rooster Taqueria

October 2nd, 2017


This week, we head southeast to Orlando, Florida, where we meet John & Juliana Calloway, who brought authentic tacos to the Mills 50 neighborhood …


September 25th, 2017


This week we explore the origins of the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles, and how Guisados put it on the taco map. Learn about their handmade tortillas, stews and how a father & son turned an empty building …

Ricky's Fish Tacos

September 18th, 2017


In this episode, Rob takes you south of San Diego into Ensenada, Mexico, to learn about the history of the fish taco, and how Ricky Pina carved out a business bringing his own fish taco recipe to life in Los Angeles.

Mexicali Taco Company

September 5th, 2017


Host Rob Gokee takes you on a trip to the city of Mexicali, where you'll learn about how Chinese immigrants affect the food and culture, and how …


August 30th, 2017


Teaser episode for the new podcast Tacocity. Meet host Rob Gokee and learn about what's going to be covered weekly in this taco-centric show!

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