A visit back to Texas always means a chance to sample great food that is quite frankly not available anywhere else in the world. I’m specifically thinking about Tex-Mex. I have searched high-low for a good substitute for the past 10 years and have learned that it’s hard to find anything quite like it outside of the state.
Tex-Mex shouldn’t be confused with Southwest fare, it’s in a class all of its own combining Texas-style cooking with traditional Mexican cuisine (think chili, cheese, fajitas). A true Tex-Mex connoisseur has a ritual when eating this deliciousness and it goes something like this…
Every meal must start with queso. Queso means cheese in Spanish, but to the Tex-Mex lover, it means the cheesy, spicy, warm dip that will make that basket of tortilla chips disappear in a flash. You will tell yourself you need to save room for the main course but you won’t…it’s that addicting.
Next comes the main course which will be either tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, or a burrito. In any case, it will be in a form of a flour or corn tortilla with grilled meat and shredded cheese. This is also where a wide array of salsas and hot sauces will be at your disposal. The habanero sauce is really hot so choose wisely. It will be fantastic.
Because good Tex-Mex is hard to come by, those that have been successful in providing a good product will branch out to multiple locations within and across different cities. To keep it real, you will try to eat at the original establishment and there will be a two hour wait.
…And if your favorite place only exists as a food truck, that’s even better!