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Elaborately decorated skulls are crafted from pure sugar and given to friends as gifts. The colorful designs represent the vitality of life and individual personality. Karen Castillo Farfán /NPR hide caption

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Watch your back, small Texas cafes. Beef brisket (from left), convenience store taquitos and chicken fajitas are taking over Texas. jeffreyw/Flickr; John Burnett/NPR; jefferyw/Flickr hide caption

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Tlacoyos can be filled with beans, potatoes, mushrooms or cheese and are often topped with grilled cactus, onions, cilantro, and salsa. Jasmine Garsd for NPR hide caption

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Tlacoyos: A Mexican Grilled Snack That Tempted The Conquistadors

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Cielito Lindo's famous taquitos are made fresh to order at the well-known taco stand in downtown Los Angeles. Carolina Miranda/NPR hide caption

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The California Taco Trail: 'How Mexican Food Conquered America'

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