21 March 2020

Weekend Cooking: Taco Chronicles (Netflix Documentary)

Review of Taco Chronicles from NetflixHow has your week gone? We've been holding up quite well, and I'm enjoying the challenge of making nutritious and delicious meals from the pantry and freezer, while being conscious of the need to use my food wisely.

This last week's dinners were lentil soup with spinach, chicken grain bowls, pork stir-fry, and broccoli mac and cheese. Our freezer is full of vegetables, fruits, and meats as well as homemade sauces I made last summer. Our pantry contains flour, beans, rice, dried fruit, oatmeal, and a variety of oils and vinegars.

Even if we work our way through the fresh food in the refrigerator, we'll still have plenty to keep the wolf from the door.

As many of you are, I'm sure, we're watching a ton of news. Last night, though, I needed a break and found Taco Chronicles on Netflix. This is a six-part documentary about different styles of tacos found throughout Mexico. The Netflix original series is in Spanish, but there are English subtitles.

Each episode is only about a half hour and focuses on one region of Mexico and one style of taco. I watched the first two -- "Pastor" and "Carnitas" -- and here are my thoughts.

Review of Taco Chronicles from NetflixFrom a viewer's perspective: Taco Chronicles will absolutely make you crave tacos and perhaps a trip to Mexico. We meet restaurant and food stand owners and see them dishing up delicious-looking tacos to their customers. We also learn a little bit about the history of each type of taco and get a peek at how they are made.

We're not, however, given recipes or instructions for reproducing the tacos from the featured cooks. Note too that, though we visit a number of taco stands and restaurants in each episode, Taco Chronicles doesn't provide many details for planning your next vacation. The episodes I watched were enjoyable, and I definitely learned something, but I wasn't tempted to immediately binge-watch the rest of the series.

From a filming perspective: To my unprofessional eyes, Taco Chronicles was well edited and nicely filmed. The food shots are lovely, and the people we meet are definitely passionate about their tacos.

Recommendation: If you have some time to kill and a Netflix subscription, give Taco Chronicles a shot. Just go in with the idea that the series is more a celebration of all things taco than it is travel guide, restaurant review, or cooking show.

Here's the trailer. Note that Netflix provides English subtitles but I was unable to find an embeddable trailer that included those subtitles.

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Mae Travels 3/21/20, 6:41 AM  

Another Netflix food series sounds great — they also just released a new season of Ugly Delicious which is one of my topics this week! I’ve read several books about Mexican food in the US (like Taco USA by arellano) — this sounds like a great addition to my knowledge.

Be Well! ... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 3/21/20, 7:43 AM  

We live in Texas, and consequently we are all about all things taco. I will look for this series. It would be fun to try to listen to it in Spanish, with the subtitles off.

Tina 3/21/20, 8:21 AM  

Love me a taco! I’ve been making Tex mex here lately using up our leftovers wisely. Your first two paragraphs echo what we are doing, trying to use the food wisely as I’m not sure how long we need to stay home. For my hopefully final run into a grocery store I saw all the flour was gone xceot a few bags of almond flour. One single jar of yeast sat on a shelf so I grabbed it.

Take care and I look forward to your posts. Visiting everyone from my tablet is my socialization now.

Tea 3/21/20, 8:42 AM  

Netflix episodes seem like a double plus. Thanks for the video.

gluten Free A_Z Blog 3/21/20, 9:00 AM  

Who doesn't like tacos and there are so many variations. The show sounds interesting.

Ilse Berg (SnowshineCottage.com) 3/21/20, 10:21 AM  

Our store's limited ingredients this week excluded any fresh greens for tacos (usually we use cabbage). So, we'll go with burritos and enchiladas in the coming weeks when we want a taste of the southwest. I'll even have time for homemade tortillas, since losing my commute (working from home) saves over an hour each day.

jama 3/21/20, 10:22 AM  

Thanks for the heads up. Am always looking for new Netflix things to watch :). I'm drooling and dreaming of tacos just watching the trailer.

Claudia 3/21/20, 11:03 AM  

Since we won't be traveling anywhere any time soon, watching the world and it's variety of delicious foods is a good stop gap. I would probably be inspired to make tacos for sure. Good inspiration. Now we need to stock up on tortillas.

Deb in Hawaii 3/21/20, 11:52 AM  

Tacos always sound good to me. I am staying put this weekend as I have still been going into work. Much of our teams are working mostly from home but we managers have been going in. I'm pretty stocked up on food although now it sounds like I might want to look for taco shells. ;-) Take care everyone.

Jackie McGuinness 3/21/20, 12:24 PM  

Also trying to make good use with what we have. Well stocked pantry wise after I bought some gluten free stuff online this week.

I saw Taco Chronicles in the menu at Netflix, might give it a try when cooking.
I love tacos!

bermudaonion 3/21/20, 12:38 PM  

There's a taco trailer close to where Vance lives that serves authentic tacos that are so good. I think we'd all enjoy watching this.

Vicki 3/21/20, 3:08 PM  

I've love Mexican food since I was young, especially tacos and burritos. When I was in Mexico last November we ate at a little family owned taco place and the food was so good! Luckily there is a small family owned Mexican restaurant near us and the owners are from Mexico. All their food is authentic Mexican and everything I've tried has been amazing.

sherry fundin 3/21/20, 5:17 PM  

sounds interesting. i love tacos!
sherry @ fundinmental

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! 3/22/20, 12:41 AM  

We are watching more documentaries than ever before, I will keep an eye out for this one, thank you.

atoalgnaoh 4/28/20, 4:48 AM  

Thanks for sharing, I watched this documentary on the netflix app, it was really good

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