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Guy Creates Petition To Make Tacos Texas’ State Food

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With all of the petitions circulating lately, there’s bound to be one or two mixed in there about food, right? The latest is specifically about tacos.

Munchies reports that Mando Rayo of Texas has launched a petition to make tacos the state food of Texas. In explaining the significance behind the need for the petition, Rayo said, “whether you grew up here in Texas or you got here as soon as you could, you’re eating tacos.  In Texas, people eat tacos on a weekly basis. Hell, tacos were here before Texas was Texas!”

Well, there you have it. This seems like a pretty legitimate reason to me … but I may be biased based on my own love for tacos. The problem is that the official state dish is currently chili, which was mandated in 1977, stating that “one cannot be a true son or daughter of this state without having his taste buds tingle at the thought of the treat that is real, honest-to-goodness, unadulterated Texas chili.”

Rayo seems to think it’s time for an upgrade to that particular piece of legislature. Taste buds do change, after all. We can’t all be eating Texas chili forever. He also happens to be a taco expert, who writes for tacojournalism.com (check it out if you want to sign). The taco blog obviously covers all things taco, and it really does show a love for the food item in the state of Texas. It’s part of the culture, really.

Then there’s also the fact that the Texas state snack is chips and salsa. Are you really going to eat chips and salsa with chili? I don’t think so. At least, it wouldn’t be better than chips and salsa and tacos. It just seems right!

Naysayers feel that tacos aren’t as American of a food as chili is, and that a food that isn’t “American” shouldn’t be the state food for Texas. However, Rayo has an answer for that too. He actually believes that flour tortillas were invented in San Antonio, and if tacos came around before Texas was part of the U.S., that doesn’t make the food any less Texan, right?

Sources: Munchies, Taco Journalism / Photo Credit: Otto's Tacos/Instagram

Tags: State Food, tacos, Texas, Texas Chili
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Get Ready For Taco Bell’s New Taco Burrito

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Taco Bell has come out with a new “Loaded Taco Burrito” as a limited-time special, so if you’re a fan of the Bell, hurry and get it while it’s hot.

Brand Eating reports that this new idea is being tested in Toledo, Ohio, for $1.49 in participating Taco Bell locations. You can probably guess what it is, since it’s all in the name. The burrito features a double portion of the ground beef used in the regular taco, along with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream normally found in a side taco. In order to make up for the lack of a hard taco shell, Taco Bell is incorporating crunchy tortilla strips. That way, you get everything you love about a taco, including that satisfying crunch, all in a burrito.

Since the Loaded Taco Burrito is likely to be a hit, it’s no wonder Taco Bell plans to offer it as part of a $5 Big Box meal as well. That meal will include the Loaded Taco Burrito, a Crunchy Taco, a Doritos Locos Taco and a medium soft drink. What’s left to be needed in that lineup?

I imagine that since this burrito doesn’t include any limited-time ingredients, we’ll be able to custom order it even in the areas where it isn’t being tested. It doesn’t hurt to try, anyway.

If you’re more of a nachos fan, you might prefer the other menu item that Taco Bell is testing. According to Grub Street, another new item on the testing menu will be “Loaded French Fries.” Basically, think of the loaded nachos you like so much, and replace the chips with fries. Sure, it doesn’t seem like much of a south-of-the-border type food, but it does seem delicious.

The fries have been testing in different countries with different toppings. Guatemala’s test comes with ground beef while Japan’s test comes with a shareable size featuring green onion and nacho cheese. The States’ version is testing in California with Nacho Supreme toppings — cheese, sour cream and tomato.

As always, there’s a lot that Taco Bell has to offer. It’s our job to keep trying it all.

Sources: Brand Eating, Grub Street / Photo Credit: Taco Bell/Instagram, Taco Bell via Brand Eating

Tags: Burritos, Loaded Taco Burrito, New Food Items, taco bell, tacos
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This Teen Cries When Denied Tacos (Video)

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Who doesn’t love a good taco? Delicious as they are, they are not a food you’d want to munch on when you’ve just gotten your wisdom teeth removed. Ouch! Hard or soft, that’s just too much chewing.

Try explaining that to a taco-craving teenager who still has the cotton in her mouth after such a procedure. In the video below, you’ll see that fresh from the dentist, this poor girl is already expressing a need for tacos, and she’s just so sad when her mother denies her the food!

I know she can’t possibly eat them, but I actually feel bad for her. Clearly, she doesn’t understand why she can’t have tacos, and her mother is getting quite the kick out of her overreaction on being told she can’t have them. I’m sure she’ll have a laugh herself once she’s all healed up and watching the video. At the same time, I’m sure she’ll be enjoying the tacos she felt she was so ruthlessly denied.

First, when she asks why she can’t have them, her mother tries to explain that it’s because she just had her wisdom teeth removed. Unfortunately, this answer doesn’t mean much to her in her current state so she continues to express her want for tacos. The second time around, her mother starts to goof around with her and tells her she can’t have them because she misbehaves. The girl starts crying again and facing away from her mother.

It’s hard to watch this video without laughing just a little, or at least cracking a smile, which is okay since the crying girl can’t see us, right? She’ll realize later that Mom’s not so mean after all, she’s just looking out! I wonder if she’ll be craving tacos for a while now. It’s hard to tell what kinds of cravings the medication from that procedure can leave you with.

If you haven’t yet had your wisdom teeth removed, you might not understand yet, but just be aware that when it does happen, someone will probably video tape you post-procedure and post it online …

When I can’t have tacos on taco tuesday!

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Sources: FoodBeast, We Are Mitu/Instagram / Photo Credit: Chic Darling/Instagram

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Taco Bell Is Launching A Shell Made Entirely Of Fried Chicken

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Taco Bell is planning to release the Naked Chicken Chalupa, a taco filled with vegetables inside a shell made of fried chicken.

Although it hasn’t officially been approved for a nationwide launch, preliminary tests in California and Missouri have been promising, according to Buzzfeed News.

In 2013, Taco Bell senior director of innovation, Heather Mottershaw, initially came up with the idea of a shell made out of chicken Milianese. However, other senior managers were hesitant.

“They really weren’t into it because it is so different,” said Kat Garcia, Taco Bell’s senior manager of marketing.

“Think of all the crazy firsts that have existed in time and civilization,” said Chief Marketing Officer Marisa Thalberg, who was originally not sure that a chicken shell would be successful. “Dare we say even the creation of the wheel probably seemed a little odd at first until someone said, ‘Ah, that’s really a good thing!'”

According to Garcia, the team needs to ensure that customers take the product seriously, a problem that Kentucky Fried Chicken experienced when they introduced a similar sandwich, the Double Down.

“People look at the Double Down and what do they think? Frankenfood, right?” Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hochman told Business Insider. “The sad thing is that somebody in the back of the house was hand breading fillets and making the Double Down.”

Made of two chicken fillets filled with cheese and bacon, the Double Down may have hurt the chain’s reputation in the long run.

“You can’t just pivot from Double Downs to ‘We make fried chicken in the back of the house’ overnight,” Hochman said.

However, unlike the Double Down, the Naked Chicken Chalupa is filled with lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado ranch sauce. Oddly enough, this has managed to make the product seem like a “health halo” to some customers.

“We were getting feedback like, ‘It’s so healthy. It’s so fresh,'” Garcia explained. “That really surprised us because it’s fried chicken.”

If the Naked Chicken Chalupa is successful, the chain will probably expand and create more variations and flavors of the product.

Sources: Buzzfeed News, Business Insider / Photo credit: Vanessa Wong/Buzzfeed News

Tags: chalupa, Double Down, innovation, KFC, Naked Chicken Chalupa, taco bell, tacos
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The 8 Most Mouthwatering Tacos On Instagram

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Summer is for tacos, tequila, and salsa dancing under the stars. Unfortunately, however, while there are an infinite number of tantalizing ingredients that can be placed in a tortilla to form delicious summer tacos, we feel ourselves defaulting to the old standard of crispy corn tortillas and ground beef a little too often.

In search of some much-needed taco inspiration, we turned to our favorite site for photogenic food and succulent flavor combinations: Instagram. Just in time for your next summer get together, we’ve rounded up pictures of 8 of the most mouthwatering tacos on Instagram. Scroll through the images below with your shopping list in hand—we promise that you’ll be inspired to make some tacos of your own in the near future!

Line em up to chomp em down. #SXSW

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Happy Tuesday, loves! Finalized details for a much-needed weekend getaway and currently celebrating with lots of guac ??

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Taco Monday and IDGAF.

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