Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A self-proclaimed "TacoJournalist" from Texas has launched a petition to make tacos the state's official food.
Mando Rayo, who co-authored a book titled Tacos of Texas, shared a petition on Change.org to have the state of Texas adopt tacos as its official state food.
"Let's make tacos the official food of Texas! Whether you grew up here in Texas or you got here as soon as you could, you're eating tacos," he said. "In Texas, people eat tacos on a weekly basis. Hell, tacos were here before Texas was Texas!"
Rayo traveled to 10 different cities to sample the best tacos the state has to offer and believes his research provides enough evidence for tacos to unseat chili as the official food of Texas.
"So step aside chili, tacos are here to stay. I invite you, along with the Texas Taco Council (yeah, that's a thing!) to sign this petition and let's make tacos the national food of Texas y'all!" Rayo said.
Chili was designated as the state food in 1977 when legislators stated that "one cannot be a true son or daughter of the state without having his taste buds tingle at the thought of the treat that is real, honest-to-goodness, pure, unadulterated Texas chili."
Rayo's petition achieved more than 900 signatures with only a few required for it to reach it's goal of 1,000.