Imagine an ordinary carnitas taco. Now, replace the salsa with ketchup. Still a taco? Great, now substitute the braised pork with a pork sausage. Not so sure? Finally, replace the warm, hand-made flour tortilla with a soft, flour bun. That’s a hot dog!
When is a taco no longer a taco? This thought experiment we’ve entitled Theseus’ Taco has tormented us philoso-foodies since fast food chains began taking major liberties with the taco. Corn or flour tortilla is one thing, but a Nacho Cheese Doritos shell is tough for us to stomach. Now add Fritos garnishing.
We’re not snobby taco traditionalists; our best friend is a Choco Taco. But we are apprehensive about “innovating” on such timeless taste achievements as the taco. The Taco Mania Crate celebrates the taco the way it was intended to be—delicious.
The difference between Taco Mania and taco mundania starts at the bottom. Authentic tortillas are the proverbial bread and butter of an amazing taco night, because everyone judges a taco by its tortilla.
The best hosts channel the pressure of taco night into their tortillas with this 6.5” tortilla press and 1lb of authentic masa flour. The accompanying 9” tortilla warmer allows the masa masterpieces to be served toasty, as they were intended to be.
Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales: Flavors from the Griddles, Pots, and Streetside Kitchens of Mexico is Chef Santibañez’s taco thesis, our favorite cookbook for authentic, homemade Mexican food. It includes easy to follow lessons and recipes to make taste bud-tizzying tacos.
And Formosa’s hot sauces are the perfect trio for topping off tacos. Formosa combines healthy ingredients with slow-cooked, traditional technique for fresh, flavorful sauces like habanero, chipotle, and jalapeno.
The Taco Mania Crate is a full-fledged fiesta of flavor. It’s Taco Night done right.
In a sealed wooden crate with a laser-etched crowbar. No bow, no ribbons, no fluff, and absolutely no instructions.