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Best Mexican Recipes: What Makes a Genuine Mexican Food

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. Texas and Mexico became a Spanish colony called as New Spain for over three hundred years, and this is when the history of Tex-Mex began. In 1821, although Texas separated from Spain, and became a part of the U.S. in 1945, it still maintained its ties with Mexico, thus influencing food, culture and tradition. 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. In Mexico, hard-shell tacos are also scarce, and the most common are soft-shell tacos with lightly grilled or steamed tortillas. The most common ingredients in authentic Mexican tacos are white cheese, cilantro, onions, and limes, whereas their true Mexican salsa is a combination of fresh tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Wheat tortillas are not available down south, and rather than fajitas, you can try an authentic dish such as shredded beef with avocado and lime. The two most commonly sought authentic Mexican desserts are three milk cake (pastel de tres leches), and flan. As more people settled in Texas, there was a higher demand for Mexican food, and they began 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.

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. 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 general rule in knowing if it is an authentic Mexican food or not is 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. You’ll get to know more about Mexican snacks, Mexican food, chili sauces and a lot more!
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