RGV

Meet Spike, the Toughest Tortoise in Texas

March 19, 2024 | By

Chorizo de San Manuel Remains a True Taste of the Rio Grande Valley

February 16, 2024 | By Daynara Gutierrez

2023 in Photos: A Year of Exploring Texas

November 21, 2023 | By

Learning on the Road During the Pandemic

November 21, 2023 | By Sindya Bhanoo

Diego’s Food Truck Combines Local Ingredients and International Flavors in McAllen

March 28, 2023 | By Cat Cardenas

Eat Your Way Through the Taco Capital of Texas at These 7 Taquerias

August 29, 2019 | By José R. Ralat

The tacos you’ll find on Southmost come in three varieties: breakfast tacos, fried tacos, and beef tacos. Trying them all is essential. Breakfast tacos go by the name tortillas de harina because of the 10-inch flour tortillas they’re served in. They’re typically filled with ingredients as familiar as chorizo and eggs, or as regionally specific as weenies (sliced Vienna sausages or hot dogs) and eggs. Fried tacos, like tacos dorados (deep-fried folded corn tortillas) and flautas (rolled and fried), are also popular—some are drowned in salsa, earning the moniker ahogados. Most prevalent are the beef preparations like barbacoa, bistek (thinly sliced), fajita, and mollejas (sweetbreads). They’re generally smaller in size and served in orders of three to six—closer to what most Americans would recognize as “street tacos.”

My Hometown: A Weslaco Native on the Bicultural Beauty of His Rio Grande Valley Burg

July 10, 2019 | By Cynthia J. Drake

A stroll through downtown Weslaco feels like a visit to a bygone era, when
department stores and hardware shops in Spanish colonial buildings lined the streets. Founded in 1919, Weslaco grew into a farming hub, famous as the home of the ruby red grapefruit and 1015 onion. The same mild climate that attracted farmers makes Weslaco a hotspot today for winter Texans—typically retirees from cold climates—and birders, who come to see Rio Grande Valley specialties like the green jay. When the town slows down in the summer, locals refresh with icy raspas and beach trips to nearby South Padre Island.

My Hometown: Donna Painter-Based Gabriel Salazar Talks About His Love for the Rio Grande Valley

March 21, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

Landscape painter Gabriel Salazar has long been inspired by the lush fields of citrus and palms surrounding Donna. As a boy, with the help of his father’s American employer, Salazar immigrated to this Rio Grande Valley town from a small community near Monterrey,

Delia’s Tamales Define Christmas in the RGV

November 29, 2018 | By Kelly Stocker

Delia Lubin, the namesake of this holiday season staple, started her tamale empire—which includes six restaurants, a food truck, and a mail-order business—with just 5 pounds of masa and the need to provide for her young family.

An Unplugged Travel Challenge Through the Rio Grande Valley Leads to Unexpected Detours and Rewards

November 2, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

After U-turns on the edges of grapefruit groves, repeated pullovers to study our Rio Grande Valley street guide, and a precarious three-point turn on the narrow levee road where a border patrol truck blocks our path, we are really lost. Like so many wanderers before us, we are searching for La Lomita Mission, which a local history buff named Frank told me about at an Edinburg bar the night before. “Just travel the Old Military Highway that goes along the Rio Grande,” Frank said. What Frank didn’t say was that Military Highway, much like the river it runs along, is a trickster that stops, starts, and twists in unexpected ways.

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