What is Tex-Mex cuisine?

I think it’s about time that we clarified what the term ‘Tex-Mex’ really means. Lots of people mix up Mexican cuisine with Tex-Mex cuisine. While they both have their own history it is important to understand the differences between both cuisines.

So what is Tex-Mex?

Tex-Mex food is rooted from Texans of Spanish or Mexican heritage who lived in Texas before it became a republic. These people are also known as the Texan’s Tejanos. Just a brief history lesson…

Spain invaded Mexico in the early 16th century and began setting up colonies all over the area which was previously home to the native population. Over the next couple of centuries, Spain would introduce their own economic system, religion, and customs to present-day Mexico. The culture that emerged was a combination of Native Mexican and Spanish culture. By the time Mexico became independent of Spain in 1821, the native cuisine had evolved to incorporate ingredients and recipes brought over by the Spaniards.

The term ‘Tex-Mex’ wasn’t originally created to describe the cuisine. Tex-Mex was first used as an abbreviated name for the Texas Mexican Railway that began operating in South Texas in 1877. The term was later used by some to describe Tejanos, and later still, the term spread to Tejano cuisine.

Key characteristics of Tex-Mex cuisine include: the heavy use of cheese, cumin, chili powder, and beef.

Try out our chips with chili con carne or our beef tacos for a real taste of Tex-Mex cuisine!