No one really needs to tell a Texan that breakfast tacos are a crucial breakfast food item for anyone who lives here. But a new proposal from a Fort Worth-based state representative could enshrine the humble breakfast taco in the state’s official history.
Eater Austin reports that Fort Worth representative Stephanie Klick has introduced a bill, H.C.R. 92, that would designate breakfast tacos an official state breakfast dish. “Whether purchased at a drive-through in Fort Worth, ordered at a restaurant in Corpus Christi, or served by a loving grandmother in Del Rio, the breakfast taco has become a signature Texas food on a par with barbecue and chicken-fried steak,” reads the text of the resolution. “It is enjoyed by countless residents of the Lone Star State each morning as the perfect way to start their day.”
There’s not a whole lot to argue with there. According to Eater Austin, a similar battle is being waged by taco journalist Mando Rayo, who advocates replacing chili, the state’s current official dish, with tacos. In the view of DFW-based taco expert Jose R. Ralat (also known as The Taco Trail), the breakfast taco bill may be an even better idea.
If it were to replace chili, I could not approve of it. Chili is the perfect amalgamation of Texas’ culinary culture,” Ralat tells Eater. “Breakfast tacos work because you can put anything in a tortilla and call it breakfast. I don’t see why it couldn’t be added to the official ‘things’ of Texas.”
Whether or not Klick’s bill ends up on the governor’s desk, there’s no replacing the breakfast taco in the hearts of Texans everywhere.