Taco Chronicles

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Taco Chronicles
Written byArcadi Palerm
Directed byCarlos Perez Osorio
Country of originUnited States/Mexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes21
ProducersHallie Davison, Carlos Perez Osorio
Running time24–33 minutes
Production companyEl Estudio
Original release
ReleaseJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12) –

Taco Chronicles (Spanish: Las Crónicas del Taco) is an American-Mexican documentary television series focusing on tacos, Mexico's favorite street food. There is rich history and culture behind each variety of tacos, and the series tries to be both educational and stylish about the different kinds and where they come from, through interviews with food writers, experts, and owners of the stands seen on the streets, who describe them and the ingredients in depth.[1][2][3][4]

It premiered on Netflix on July 12, 2019. Its second volume / season premiered on September 15, 2020.


Series overview[edit]

Series overview
SeasonTitleEpisodesOriginally released
Volume 1Taco Chronicles6July 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Volume 27September 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)
Volume 3Cross the Border8November 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)

Volume 1 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byOriginal release date
11"Pastor"Carlos Perez OsorioJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Savory, pork-based al pastor tacos are a street-food staple of Mexico City. But they actually have origins that stem back to ancient Asia Minor.
22"Carnitas"Carlos Perez OsorioJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
If you like tacos, you likely know carnitas. But did you know its roots go back to the Aztecs? Take a trip to Michoacán, the world’s carnitas capital.
33"Canasta"Carlos Perez OsorioJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
No matter the filling, canasta tacos are truly beloved. Get to know this street-food favorite and one of its most dynamic purveyors: Lady Basket Tacos.
44"Asada"Carlos Perez OsorioJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
From Tijuana to Hermosillo to Sonora to Downtown LA, carne asada reigns supreme. But the most flavorful meat is nothing without the perfect tortilla.
55"Barbacoa"Carlos Perez OsorioJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Every time barbacoa is prepared, it starts in the same place: a big hole in the ground. It doesn’t get much more humble -- or delicious -- than that.
66"Guisado"Carlos Perez OsorioJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
With guisados tacos, it’s not just the meat -- it’s the stew. We visit with some of the most notable "stew taco" cooks in both Mexico and Los Angeles.

Volume 2 (2020)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected by [5]Original release date [6]
71"Suadero"Santiago FabregasSeptember 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)
Urban and nocturnal, the suadero taco is the perfect hangover cure. It's the Mexican cousin to American beef brisket, but with more spice and bite.
82"Cochinita"Santiago FabregasSeptember 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)
The cochinita pibil is a Mayan pit-roasted pork delicacy, passed down over the centuries and preserved, even after colonization, like a sacred ritual.
93"Cabrito"Santiago FabregasSeptember 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)
The cabrito, or kid taco, springs from a goat herding tradition that can be traced to Iran and Lebanon. It's now become emblematic of northern Mexico.
104"American Taco"Santiago FabregasSeptember 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)
The American taco is, of course, an import — but much changed after assimilation! Distinguished by its hard or puffy shell, it's still delicious.
115"Burrito"Santiago FabregasSeptember 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)
The convenience of the burrito — a good-sized flour tortilla tucked in at both ends so nothing wrapped inside spills — is from Mexico's northern states.
126"Birria"Santiago FabregasSeptember 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)
To dunk or not to dunk? To spoon or not to spoon? The crucial aspect of the birria taco is its broth, a sumptuous blend of goat meat juices and spices.
137"Pescado"Santiago FabregasSeptember 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)
The best fish tacos come from the Mexican Pacific coast, with a nod to Japan for the crispy, tempura-like breading and emphasis on freshness.

Volume 3 (2022)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byOriginal release date
141"Chicago"Carlos Perez Osorio & Santiago FabregasNovember 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)
Mexicans arrived in Chicago at the beginning of the 20th century and won the heart of the "Windy City" with tacos: from carnitas and mole to birria.
152"Las Vegas"Carlos Perez Osorio & Santiago FabregasNovember 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)
Everything in Las Vegas is spectacular: the shows, the hotels, the casinos... and the tacos. Pastor, birria, carnitas and even Cheetos are on the menu.
163"New York"Carlos Perez Osorio & Santiago FabregasNovember 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)
The Big Apple is not an easy place for immigrants to adapt to, but it's worth it. People from Puebla and Oaxaca conquer New York with their tacos.
174"San Antonio"Carlos Perez Osorio & Santiago FabregasNovember 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)
San Antonio has deep ties to its Mexican roots. The mix of cultural influences has resulted in beef barbacoa, pastor of sirloin and breakfast tacos.
185"Los Angeles"Carlos Perez Osorio & Santiago FabregasNovember 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)
Los Angeles has the largest population of Mexicans outside Mexico... that's why there are tacos of all types and sizes on seemingly every corner!
196"Dallas"Carlos Perez Osorio & Santiago FabregasNovember 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)
Dallas never stops reinventing itself, and its food is an example of this: octopus carnitas, lobster and brisket tacos are part of the city's unique menu.
207"Phoenix"Carlos Perez Osorio & Santiago FabregasNovember 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)
The connection between Phoenix and Sonora is as strong as the desert's heat. The ingredients of this land, like mesquite and chiltepin, elevate the taco.
218"San Diego"Carlos Perez Osorio & Santiago FabregasNovember 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)
It doesn't matter which side of the Mexico-US border you're on: The taco is a conduit capable of transporting you home, to family or to a warm memory.


The full first season, consisting of six episodes, premiered on Netflix streaming on July 12, 2019.[7]


  1. ^ "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Taco Chronicles' On Netflix, A Docuseries That Makes Us Really Hungry For Tacos". Decider. July 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Taco Chronicles Review: A Distinctly Mexican Look At A Favorite Foodstuff". Ready Steady Cut. July 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Taco Chronicles – Netflix Season 1 Review". The Review Geek. July 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "Netflix: Taco Chronicles review - WARNING - don't watch if hungry!". Reality Titbit. July 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Taco Chronicles (2019- )". IMDb. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "Taco Chronicles – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  7. ^ "Taco Chronicles". Netflix.

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