We begin with a little story. Al lives in Michigan. He was born and raised there. He likes Mexican food, but he eats it just now and then. He likes Mexican just as he likes many other kinds of food.
A little further south we have Al’s good friend Ted, whom Al has known since college. Ted lives in Dallas. He was born and raised there. Ted, however, is a Tex-Mex fanatic. He loves Tex-Mex food. When Al goes to visit Ted, they naturally head out to Ted’s favorite Tex-Mex eatery.
Being a Tex-Mex lover, Ted has to do things a certain way when he eats Tex Mex food, behaviors Al finds for the most part amusing. But occasionally, the two will bicker a little because sometimes Ted can go a little too far, and Al gets a bit annoyed.
If you were to ask Al to list three things that perplex or annoy him about Ted’s Tex-Mex fanaticism, he would list the following:
The Day of the Dead is a big holiday in Mexico. And even though it is called Day of the Dead, it is really a celebration of life. It is a celebration and homage to the memory of loved ones who have died. It is actually celebrated over two days. November 1st is known as Day of the Innocents, to honor dead children. And November 2nd is the Day of the Dead, to honor adults.
During the Day of the Dead, some believe that the souls of the dead return to Earth to visit with their friends and family. But for many, their loved ones who have departed are with them in spirit every day, and the Day of the Dead is a time for remembering and honoring them. Read the rest of this entry »
Ice cream itself is believed to have been invented in China several thousand years ago. But fried ice cream has much more recent beginnings.
Fried ice cream is generally made by breading a scoop of ice cream and then deep frying it very quickly. The result is a nice warm shell on the outside and the cold taste of the ice cream on the inside. Read the rest of this entry »
Each year, Americans consume over four billion tacos. That is enough tacos to extend to the moon and back again. The word taco in Spanish has a meaning roughly equivalent to the English word sandwich.
And the truth is, not much is known about the history of the taco. According to some taco experts, the word comes from the Mexican silver mines of the 18th century. They used the word taco for the little explosives they used to extract the silver ore. They wrapped little pieces of paper around the explosives and put them into holes in the rock.
The earliest mention of the word taco in writing is from the end of the 19th century. And these writings describe tacos de minero, otherwise known as miner’s tacos. So, as foods go, tacos have a relatively recent provenance.
However, other taco aficionados have put forth a different origin story. They claim the taco was already around before the Spanish arrived in Mexico in the 16th century. And they have the support of anthropologists to back up their story. According to the researchers, early peoples who lived in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico ate tacos with small fish in them.
Other people who lived around the same time, but in different areas of the country, also ate tacos, but they had fillings that were a bit more unusual – small live insects and ants in the Morelos and Guerrero regions, and locusts and snails in the Puebla and Oaxaca regions.
Tacos did not catch on in the United States until the food chain Taco Bell began offering them in the early 1960s. Taco Bell has been a major influence in popularizing Mexican food in the United States.
The hard-shell taco, with its U-shaped design, first appeared in a cookbook in 1949. It became much more popular after a device was invented that holds the taco in the U shape as it is deep fried. New York City is believed to have been the home of the first taco truck in the mid-1960s. It was operated by two housewives.
There are many different traditional types of tacos. There is a wide range of fillings that have been put in tacos, everything from the more commonplace beef, pork, chicken, or fish, to the more uncommon brain, tongue, eyes, and lips of the cow.
The Taco al Pastor is the most widely consumed in Mexico. It has a filling of spiced pork, which is cut right from the spit over an open flame before being popped inside the tortilla.
Visit a Mattito’s near you soon to enjoy a one, two, three or more great tacos!
Image by Mike McCune – originally posted to Flickr as carnitas, CC BY 2.0.
As the world listens to the stories of survival and watches the defeat in recovery, know that we give our support and love to the city of Moore, Oklahoma. We grieve with you over the loss of the people in the city, and we grieve over the loss of the homes, businesses and schools. When you feel as though you can no longer go on, know that the rest of the country is there for you in your time of need. The rain may have stopped and the winds may have ceased, but the storm is just now beginning for so many of you. As you pick up the pieces and try to recover, we will do anything possible to help. Read the rest of this entry »
Mexico is a big coffee growing country. In fact, it is the largest producer of organic coffee, producing 60 percent of all organic coffee grown in the world. Coffee export is a big money maker for Mexico.
The country did not begin growing coffee until the late 1700s, when the Spanish brought plants from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. They did not begin to grow it commercially until a number of years later when German and Italian immigrants arrived to begin its cultivation. Read the rest of this entry »
There are a lot of healthy foods that go into Tex-Mex cooking – beans, tomatoes, peppers, corn, cheese, lean beef, fish, chicken, and pork. But, even though it includes these good ingredients, you still need to be careful in how you prepare your Tex-Mex if you want avoid a lot of calories and fat. Here are a few tips.
Enchiladas are among the most well-known of Mexican foods. The practice of rolling a tortilla around a filling is said to have begun way back in the time of the Mayans. Today, there are many different kinds of enchiladas with different fillings. Here is an enchilada recipe from Ree Drummond on FoodNetwork.com.
Here’s what you will need. Read the rest of this entry »
Football season will soon be here. And if you are inviting friends over to watch the big game, you are going to need some snacks. So, if you want to be a real hero among your friends, you can give them some Tex-Mex snack favorites while they are watching the game. Here are a few to keep in mind.
Like many great cuisines, Tex-Mex has an interesting history. There are many facts about Tex-Mex food that may surprise you because, like most things, Tex -Mex and the way it has been prepared has changed over many years. Here are a few interesting, fun facts about Tex-Mex that you may not know.