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This History of Tequila

Where did tequila come from?

If your immediate answer to that question is “Mexico,” then you’re correct. However, for many Tex-Mex connoisseurs, that single-word response is the extent of our knowledge about tequila’s origins. This drink, which can be enjoyed in shot form or as an ingredient in a variety of different cocktails, has a surprisingly rich backstory. Here’s the super-short version: Read the rest of this entry »

How Certain Tex Mex Dishes Got Their Names

Even if you don’t speak Spanish, chances are, you can pronounce and understand a few Spanish words and phrases. And this can be handy when you’re ordering a meal in a Tex-Mex restaurant. After all, you don’t have to know exactly what “pico de gallo” means to know that it’s delicious and you’d like to order a bowl of it! But have you ever wondered how some of these foods got their names? Read the rest of this entry »

Why the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex Food Matters

Of course it does! If you live in California, you know the best Mexican food is in the Golden State. And if you live in Texas, you are just as convinced that the best Tex-Mex food comes from the Lone Star State.

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A Short History of the Taco in America

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.

Dallas taco restaurant

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4 Fun Facts You Never Knew About Tex-Mex Food

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.

Tex Mex restaurant Dallas

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What Your Tex Mex Restaurant Waiter Wishes You Knew

Let’s say you rarely visit a Tex Mex restaurant (we hope you’ll soon change your mind and visit Mattito’s more often!). So you may not know a lot about Tex Mex cuisine, how it differs (or doesn’t) from Mexican food.

So to help you enjoy your next visit to a Tex Mex restaurant even more – and to impress your waiter – we’ve put together a short primer on Tex Mex cuisine. Take a look below.

Dallas Tex Mex restaurant

Impress your server with your knowledge of Tex Mex cuisine.

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Trends in Tex Mex Cuisine

It’s generally hard to predict the future, but when it comes to Tex Mex cuisine, you can count on this today: it’s going to become ever more popular. (Orders for steak fajitas, in fact, increased by 30 percent on “March Madness” basketball game days in 2015.)

But what’s going on within Tex Mex cuisine itself? Take a look below for some trends we’ve discovered.

  1. People want to know where a Tex Mex dish “came from.”

While Tex Mex itself is a cuisine that came to the U.S. from Tejanos who emigrated from northern Mexico to Texas in the last couple of centuries, many Mexican/Tex Mex restaurants are now highlighting the province or state where a dish originally came from. This is supposed to make the dish more exotic (or at least interesting) to the diners.

Dallas Tex Mex restaurant

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A Short History of the Taco in America

Tacos have become so popular in the U.S. that it almost seems appropriate to change the well-known saying to “American as Mom, baseball and tacos.”

So how did this small meal of beef, beans, chicken, or fish, topped with shredded cheese, lettuce and tomato, spooned between the opening of a curved, crunchy, corn taco come to take over the American landscape?

Read below for a very short history of the taco in the U.S.

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Common Misconceptions and Myths About Tex Mex Food

When you think of Tex Mex food – or even Mexican food – do you think only of beans, tacos and fajitas?

Then your knowledge of Tex Mex/Mexican cuisine has some holes in it.

Read below for some common misconceptions or even myths about Mexican/Tex Mex foods.

Tex Mex Food Myths

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Menudo Done Right

Have you heard that menudo is, well, disgusting? Not tasty? Just plain ugh!?

If so, then you haven’t had menudo done right, because when menudo is cooked and made correctly – OMG! It’s heaven on earth.

We kid you not.

For the uninitiated, menudo is a traditional Mexican soup made primarily of – are you ready? – a cow stomach (tripe) broth that has red chili peppers as its base. The soup also includes chopped onions, lime and chopped cilantro. Crushed oregano and red chili peppers also often make their way into menudo. Read the rest of this entry »

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