What is comes to our mind when thinking of Mexican food are beef burritos, fajitas, nachos, and cheese dip, however, it is not right to say that a dish is an authentic Mexican food with ingredients like 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.
The Tejanos, or people who are living in Texas with Mexican descent, created and sold “chili con carne” which is a Tex-Mex cuisine, that grew so much in popularity. After chili con carne was created, nachos came after fifty years and the rest is history. In Mexico, hard-shell tacos are also scarce, and the most common are soft-shell tacos with lightly grilled or steamed tortillas. The authentic Mexican tacos have ingredients like white cheese, cilantro, onions, and limes, whereas their original Mexican salsa is a combination of onions, cilantro, and fresh tomatoes. 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. When a lot of Mexicans began settling in Texas, there was a higher demand for Mexican food, and people attempted to make it themselves in their kitchens by using ingredients that are not common in Mexico which is wheat flour and beef. Eventually, Tex-Mex came to existence when Mexican restaurant owners incorporated Texan and Mexican cuisines such as putting ground beef in enchiladas.
Generally, the difference between Tex-Mex food and Mexican food is the use of key ingredients found in the US that are scarce in South or the Rio Grande such as beef, wheat flour, yellow cheese, canned vegetables, cumin and black beans. Texan ranchers’ meat of choice was beef which was hardly used in Mexican cuisine, outside of the country’s extreme Northern reaches, while cumin was imported to the US from India. The more Tex-Mex the food is when there is more starch. For more information about Mexican recipes and Mexican groceries, feel free to check our website. Learn more about the latest discovered Mexican snacks, chili sauce and a lot more.Foods Tips for The Average Joe