Tacos, just like the ubiquitous pizza, does not seem to hold an exact date as to when it became an inevitable part of our culinary culture. The first international foray toward making tacos available for the global palate can be credited to Glen Bell after he opened the original Taco Bell restaurant in the early 1960s. Currently, as per recent statistics, Americans consume more than 4.5 billion tacos a year. Yes, it is one among our most-loved snacks, ideal for breakfast, brunch, dinner, and even as a midnight bite.
Obviously, as you all might know, the genesis of tacos began in Mexico, where tiny and supple tortillas are stuffed with a filling of finely shredded pulled pork, grilled steak, grilled fish, spit-roasted pork, or anything else. The versions we see today are in the form of U-shaped taco shells, accompanied with salsa and a sachet of seasoning. According to history professor, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, tacos were named after the small, hand-rolled paper and gunpowder explosives which were used by Mexican silver miners to blow up rock faces. He also claims that one of the earliest references to this term was ‘tacos de mineros‘, which had first appeared during the 19th century.
The argument about the actual origins of tacos still has not reached a definite conclusion. However, we cannot deny the Mexican influence that has now transformed tacos to come with various multinational influences. Whether Korean tacos, Falafel tacos, Indian-influenced tacos, vegan and vegetarian tacos, or Vietnamese tacos, as far as the flavors and taste are intact, we are happy.
Delving into the rich culture that is associated with this emblematic food from Mexico, Netflix made an original docu-series, which dives into the basic essence of tacos. Aptly named ‘Taco Chronicles’ or ‘Las crónicas del taco’ in Spanish, it aims to showcase the Mexican culinary heritage on a global platform. The series is produced by Canana Films and Gloria Content in association with Netflix Latin America.
Taco Chronicles Cast: Who is in it?
‘Taco Chronicles’ is created by the Mexican actor, producer, and writer, Pablo Cruz Guerrero. Widely recognized for his work in ‘From Prada to Nada’, a novel adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibilities’, he visits and films various locales in Sonora to document the classic and absolutely delicious, roasted beef tacos. Apart from him, Mexican actor and director, Diego Luna, also features on the project.
Taco Chronicles Plot: What is it about?
Tacos are presumably one of history’s greatest inventions in the food industry. Why so? Because it is incredibly tasty and yet so simple. Additionally, it is versatile enough to be twisted into a number of variations. And hence, it is not a surprise that this Netflix Original decides to delve deep into the fascinating history of the one and only taco, in this wonderful food show.
‘Taco Chronicles’ lends viewers a detailed glimpse into the origins of this delish snack, narrates its significance in Mexico, details its origins, evolution and many variations, and explains how it holds a global appeal. The episodes highlight the several ingredients that go into making these bites and other components that serve as its accompaniments. It also explains the entire preparation process and the fundamental spices that lend the dish its appealing flavors.
Almost all of the events depicted on the show take place in the capital Hermosillo of Sonora (also known as the ‘cradle of roast meat’) and its surrounding cities and towns. This is because Sonora’s famed carne asada tacos grace almost every corner of the region, starting from street stalls to posh restaurants. It is something that is a part of Sonora’s culture and defines the state. Moreover, this iconic cuisine is found in a myriad of flavors and types. And ‘Taco Chronicles’ follows its entire cooking procedure, starting from the ranches where meat is raised to the restaurants where it’s finally prepared and served.
Apart from the carne asada, the show also covers the diversity of tacos by showcasing five other variants, namely barbacoa, canasta, carnitas, guisado, and pastor tacos. It delves into each of these types and traces the stories of people who have been in this business for generations. As per the official synopsis, “Many of the most popular taco styles have long, rich, little-known histories. Explore some of them in this eye-opening, mouth-watering food adventure.”
Taco Chronicles Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Taco Chronicles’ season 1 released on Netflix on July 12, 2019. All the episodes of the show premiered on the platform on the same date. Now, as far as a renewal is concerned, we don’t have any official update yet. But considering the endless varieties of this famed bite, we cannot entirely negate the possibility of another season. We will update this section if and when we get additional news on ‘Taco Chronicles’ season 2 release date.
Taco Chronicles Trailer:
While we wait for an update on ‘Taco Chronicles’ season 2, check out the trailer for ‘Taco Chronicles’ Season 1 below.
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