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Austin’s “Taco Mafia” highlighted in new docuseries

Watch the group of local chefs support each other and the community in this new Austin PBS show.

A portrait of Edgar Rico and Sara Mardanbigi from Nixta Taqueria.

Nixta Taqueria’s Edgar Rico and Sara Mardanbigi are founding members of the “Taco Mafia.”

Photo provided by Austin PBS

“The Taco Mafia, at the core of it, is just friends who really care about each other and want to see each other succeed.”

That’s how Sara Mardanbigi, co-owner of Nixta Taqueria, describes the Taco Mafia, a group of local chefs at the center of a new Austin PBS docuseries.

The aptly named “Taco Mafia” premiered this week — here’s what to know about the locally filmed show.

Who is the Taco Mafia?

To start, featured members of the Taco Mafia include:

This isn’t the first time this talented group of chefs has gained recognition. Rico earned a James Beard Award in 2022, and the Netflix series “Somebody Feed Phil” also highlighted the Taco Mafia during its Austin episode.

What does the show feature?

The eight-episode series highlights the Taco Mafia’s mission to support local chefs and the community.

In “Chapter 1: Familia,” the documentary explores family heritage that connects the chefs with their food.

The episode also features interviews with notable Austinites, including:

Where can I watch it?

There’s a lot more to learn. The first episode of “Taco Mafia” is out now and available for streaming on the Austin PBS website. The show will also be broadcast at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow night.

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