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What about Tex-Mex?

Living in Texas in one of the cities close to the border, I like to think I have a pretty good handle on what Tex-Mex is. 🙂 Unless you look for authentic Mexican food, most of what you are going to get in the United States is Tex-Mex style Mexican food.

But what is Tex-Mex food? Tex-Mex is one of the best examples of what happens when two cultures come together and share their culinary traditions with each other over a long period of time. The word “Tex-Mex” is a combination of the word Texas and Mexican and it was first used to describe a cuisine in the 1940s. But the origins of Tex-Mex stretch back much further.

The actual origins of Tex-Mex food could be traced back to the Native Americans of Mexico and the Spanish. When these two worlds collided, the food started to evolve too. Later, this was contributed to by the American cowboy. As the cowboys moved cattle across the border and lived between countries, their food naturally began to reflect what they could get to eat.

Although, Tex-Mex food has much the same ingredients as Mexican food such as peppers, onions, tortillas and the like, it is quite different. More cheese, meat and flour are used. Cooking methods are also different and levels of spice too. Here are some common Tex-Mex foods that you might not realize started along the border!

    • Chili
    • Refried Beans
    • Chimichangas
    • Nachos
    • Fajitas
    • Queso

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