Actually they were showing up in the mid to late 70’s as we used to survive on them during several part time summer jobs in high school. Pick 'em up in any convenience store and throw 'em in the convenient on site microwave oven; (button 3 as I recall). Along with a quart of lime Gatorade and I was good for another 5 or 6 hours.
I still make them pretty regularly. Good use of leftover pintos or black beans. Sometimes with rice, sometimes without. Proteins and accoutrements as scrounged in the fridge.
I eat tacos at least two to three times a week. Ground beef crispy tacos, chicken tacos, fish tacos, egg and bacon tacos, cochinita pibil tacos, fajita tacos, carnitas tacos, ad infinitum. Even JiTB tacos.
I eat them on corn tortillas. I eat them on flour tortillas. I’ve even eaten them on those half flour/half corn tortillas that HEB sells.
I eat 'em out, I eat 'em in, I eat 'em standing by the side of the truck that made 'em.
But now I’m going to pour a little gas on the fire.
You lost me at the giant flour tortilla, I want no part of them. I like all the ingredients separately but refuse to roll up the high quality fajitas and carnitas my discerning palate demands with a bunch of rice and beans.
I eat only beef fajitas, next thing we know you’ll declare chicken, shrimp, and veggies can be used for fajitas when everyone with a Tex-Mex brain knows they’re not.
I will on occasion get risky and mix some of the highest quality rice and refried beans together and enjoy them. I will also eat a tortilla or two with the meat and salsa, high quality of course.
High quality is the key here and there are only two Tex-Mex places out of the billion in town that can pull this off with chips and salsa a deal killer if they’re not up to par.
Rolled up cloves:
I retired recently and no longer have to worry about clove testing.
El Tiempo on Washington where we’re known and respected unlike some of the people here.
El Jardin Harrisburg deep in the barrio in the shadows of the looming Ship Channel bridge. Go for the 11-2 shift when it’s mostly white folks. We prefer the post 2 shift when the Hispanic families arrive and I have street cred with the Wifeacita.