Articles by José R. Ralat
Feb 25, 2021 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: Aaron Franklin's steak taco recipe, Wichita's booming taco scene, and a strange new addition to Taco Bell's menu.
Feb 11, 2021 — By José R. Ralat
Thanks to thoughtful experimentation and carefully crafted hybrid dishes, cultural appreciation has become the hallmark of contemporary Texas food.
Feb 10, 2021 — By José R. Ralat
El Salvador’s national dish shines at Santos Tacos in Crowley (make sure to try the tacos, too).
Feb 5, 2021 — By José R. Ralat
John Hernandez's Casa Masa carries on the traditions he learned in his grandmother’s kitchen.
Jan 20, 2021 — By José R. Ralat
You might have to wait an hour to try this hearty, comforting broth, but it's worth it.
Jan 14, 2021 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: the Houston Heights gets a new taco stand and Midland gets a Baja-style eatery.
Dec 30, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus, Texas tacos hit best of 2020 lists, Houston gets two new taco joints, and Gal Gadot tries Taco Bell.
Dec 22, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Steamed for up to an hour in woven baskets, these tacos are a Mexico City favorite.
Dec 17, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: mapping Houston's best tamales and resurrecting old favorites from Taco Bell.
Dec 3, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Don’t know a comal from a molcajete? We break it down (and share an easy recipe for discada, a northern Mexican grilled meat dish).
Oct 19, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Chef Alex Padilla skipped lunch one day, then nodded off. The result is an enormous, one-of-a-kind Tex-Mex burger.
Oct 8, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Taco Cabana has gone too far.
Oct 6, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Ancient, colonial, and contemporary traditions are woven together in Dia de Los Muertos—and baked into the holiday's signature bread.
Sep 29, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
The Mexico City dish remains rare in Texas, but it's starting to take off in Austin.
Sep 24, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: an absurd device that promises to make eating a burrito easier, and Taco Bell's jalapeño pinot noir.
Sep 22, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Nine tips for sampling the state's taco scene without jeopardizing your health or anyone else’s.
Sep 10, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: a cheesy dish that's half pizza, half quesadilla.
Sep 7, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Alma’s Paleteria stands out for its emphasis on fresh, natural ingredients.
Aug 31, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus, our recipe for the celebratory dish.
Aug 27, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
Plus: a new Mexican sushi option in San Antonio, Lubbock's best breakfast tacos, and tacos versus pumpkin spice.
Aug 24, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
For decades, many Texans accepted racist stereotypes that Mexican food was unsafe. Businesses had to emphasize their cleanliness to survive.
Aug 14, 2020 — By José R. Ralat
More and more Texas chefs are reconnecting with their roots by making artisan tortillas from scratch.
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