When we think of Mexican food, what it comes to mind are beef burritos, fajitas, nachos, and cheese dip, but authentic Mexican food does not really incorporate ingredients such as beef, black beans, cheddar cheese, and wheat flour. What we call as Mexican food has been influenced by Texas, when Mexico and Texas became a Spanish colony called as New Spain for over three hundred years. When Texas separated from Spain in 1821 and became part of United States in 1845, Texas maintained ties with the Mexican culture most especially their food. When Mexican settlers came to Texas, they learn how to incorporate Mexican cuisine with Texan ingredients such as beef and wheat flour which are scarcely found south of the border.
Tex-Mex became popular when Tejanos or people of Mexican descent living in Texas made “chili con carne” that grew in popularity. Nachos came after fifty years and the rest is history. Since hard-shell tacos are also scarce in Mexico, the norm is using soft-shell tacos with lightly grilled or steamed tortillas. Fresh white cheese, cilantro, onions, and limes are the common ingredients in authentic Mexican tacos, while the genuine Mexican salsa is a combination of fresh tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Down south, wheat tortillas as not available and you can try an authentic dish such as shredded beef with avocado and lime rather than fajitas. The two authentic Mexican desserts are three milk cake (pastel de tres leches), and flan. There was a higher demand in Mexican food because of Mexicans settling in Texas, and people attempted to make it themselves in their kitchens using wheat flour and beef which were not common in Mexico. Eventually, Tex-Mex cuisine was known and became popular when Mexican restaurant owners incorporated Texan and Mexican cuisines such as putting ground beef in enchiladas and all-time favorite burritos.
Tex-Mex differs from Mexican food in terms of commonly used ingredients which are scarcely found in South or the Rio Grande such as beef, wheat flour, yellow cheese, canned vegetables, cumin and black beans. The meat of choice of Texan Ranchers was beef, and this was hardly used in Mexican food especially outside of the country’s extreme Northern reaches, while cumin was imported to the England and US from India. The more Tex-Mex the food is when there is more starch. Feel free to check our website for more information about Mexican recipes and Mexican groceries. Find out the famous Mexican snacks, chili sauce, Mexican food, and a lot more!Looking On The Bright Side of Cuisines