Southern Flavors: An Introduction to Tex-Mex Cuisine

by jeffreyw

The savor of traditional Southern cuisine and the hot Mexican sauces: this seems to be, in essence, the success recipe of Tex-Mex cuisine. This variety of southern cuisine was born sometime in the first part of the 20th century – food historians claim 1940 to be the official birth date of Tex-Mex, or rather of the phrase defining it. While remaining faithful to the cooking methods, and, to some exempt, the ingredients of Texan cuisine, Tex-Mex has imported lots of elements from the national cuisine of Mexico, such as tortillas, chile peppers or Mexican cheese.
Tex-Mex might even call itself Tex-Mix: specific restaurants will often serve you several dishes on the same platter, as well as spicy appetizers like nachos with various dips. As far as my short introduction to Tex-Mex cusine goes, I would like to present you some of the popular dishes that make this particular cuisine so appreciated:

Chili con carne

by cycolnebill

If it were to select only one representative dish for the Tex-Mex cuisine, that would definitely be chili con carne. The recipe behind it is quite simple: ground beef, tomato sauce, beans and a generous amount of chili powder, resulting in something similar to a stew. Chili con carne is often served with fresh chopped onions on a side and grated nacho cheese (or Cheddar).

Fajitas

A fajita is practically a taco, with the difference that it is wrapped in a wheat tortilla instead of a corn one and the meat is cut in thin slices and cooked on a coal grill. Fajitas were initially made with beef, but it is not uncommon for restaurant or fast foods to serve chicken or turkey fajitas.

Tortilla chips & sauces

by theimpulsivebuy

Tortilla chips served with saucers have become a common appetizer all over the Unites States. When topped with melted cheese, they are called nachos. The usual dipping sauces are salsa (tomato, onions, peppers, spices), guacamole (avocado, onion, tomatoes), chile con queso (chile and cheese) and even sour cream.

Enchilada

Although enchilada is a traditional Mexican dish, it can be found in most Tex-Mex restaurants in numerous variations. This dish consists of a meat, vegetable or cheese wrap (and in some cases, all of the above), onto which is poured hot chili sauce. Grated cheese, onion or lettuce might accompany the enchilada. The enchiladas served in Texas usually come wrapped in a corn tortilla and are topped with melted cheese.

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