Among the many stereotypes that I’m actively trying to change everyday, I’m certainly not trying to change one very important Texan stereotype. That stereotype is one that remains true and not a single one of the millions of Texans are trying in any way to alter it. We hold this stereotype almost as a badge of pride and honor. This stereotype, given the name of this article, is that The Lone Star State has the best, most delicious and the most eccentric tacos on Earth.

 

Every taco imaginable, you’ll find in the many hundreds of miles of land we have. From Torchy’s Tacos’ “Trailer Park”, containing “a panko fried chicken tender on a bed of bacon covered in wing sauce with poblano ranch slaw and blue cheese crumbles”(1) to Fuel City’s simple and classic street tacos, only containing your meat of choice, some onions, maybe a jalapeno or two and sometimes salsa on a corn tortilla.

 

No scientist has ever been able to prove that tacos don’t lead to happiness. So, until that day, I believe that tacos directly impact your happiness and that a vast selection only increases personal happiness. Maybe that’s why I like it here.

 

For the past three years at The Dallas Farmer’s Market, something incredible happens around this time in October. Every Dallas icon of tacos from Taqueria La Ventana to Sundown at Granada and even taquerias not even in The Big D were present. According to Tacolandia’s website, “participating restaurants include R Taco, Bowls & Tacos, Trompo, Taqueria La Ventana, Taquero, TorTaco, La Botana Taco Bar and more!” meaning that there was certainly no shortage in regards to tacos.

 

Organized by the Dallas Observer and sponsored by Tabasco sauces, The 3rd Annual Tacolandia is nothing short of a combination of an unlimited taco heaven and an excellent opportunity to witness the ever present  that tacos have gone far beyond just a few pieces of meat in between a tortilla. For a general admission fee of $25, festival goers could sample from over 30 different taquerias and that doesn’t even include the ample amounts of tequila, sauces and other products that go along with the heavenly food known as tacos.

 

Instead of bland and stereotypical tacos found outside of the Lone Star State, you had some of the wildest taco combinations that any taqueria could think of. Previous years had tacos of all types, with corn tortillas being just as prevalent as flour tortilla. And I don’t know if it’s just for Millennials, but Tacolandia should’ve equally been called Avocado-lanida due to the prevalence of avocado in many, many different tacos.

 

(Dallas Observer)

At last year’s Tacolandia, countless taquerias gave the event their all and brought some of the most equally extravagant tacos that any human could’ve ever witnessed. At Tacolandia 2016 the taqueria Resident’s duck carnitas and cauliflower kale earned it Most Interesting Taco from this year’s judges, and Revolver’s duck carnitas with escabeche was widely regarded as one of the festival’s best bites.”

 

Think about the last time you’ve seen cauliflower and kale in a taco. Yep, at Tacolandia, it’s apparent that what you’ll find fit into a taco is only constrained by your own imagination and taste buds.

 

Did you go to Dallas Tacolandia 2017? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff because I’d like to hear about your favorite taco.