This History of Tequila

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Where did tequila come from? If your immediate answer to that question is “Mexico,” then you’re correct. However, for many Tex-Mex connoisseurs, that single-word response is the extent of our knowledge about tequila’s origins. This drink, which can be enjoyed in shot form or as an ingredient in a variety of different cocktails, has a surprisingly rich backstory. Here’s the …

4 Fun Facts You Never Knew About Tex-Mex Food

Posted in Food and Fun, History

Like many great cuisines, Tex-Mex has an interesting history. There are many facts about Tex-Mex food that may surprise you because, like most things, Tex -Mex and the way it has been prepared has changed over many years. Here are a few interesting, fun facts about Tex-Mex that you may not know.

What Your Tex Mex Restaurant Waiter Wishes You Knew

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Let’s say you rarely visit a Tex Mex restaurant (we hope you’ll soon change your mind and visit Mattito’s more often!). So you may not know a lot about Tex Mex cuisine, how it differs (or doesn’t) from Mexican food. So to help you enjoy your next visit to a Tex Mex restaurant even more – and to impress your …

Trends in Tex Mex Cuisine

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It’s generally hard to predict the future, but when it comes to Tex Mex cuisine, you can count on this today: it’s going to become ever more popular. (Orders for steak fajitas, in fact, increased by 30 percent on “March Madness” basketball game days in 2015.) But what’s going on within Tex Mex cuisine itself? Take a look below for …

A Short History of the Taco in America

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Tacos have become so popular in the U.S. that it almost seems appropriate to change the well-known saying to “American as Mom, baseball and tacos.” So how did this small meal of beef, beans, chicken, or fish, topped with shredded cheese, lettuce and tomato, spooned between the opening of a curved, crunchy, corn taco come to take over the American …

Menudo Done Right

Posted in Family dining, History

Have you heard that menudo is, well, disgusting? Not tasty? Just plain ugh!? If so, then you haven’t had menudo done right, because when menudo is cooked and made correctly – OMG! It’s heaven on earth. We kid you not. For the uninitiated, menudo is a traditional Mexican soup made primarily of – are you ready? – a cow stomach …

Spanish Cuisine’s Influence on Tex Mex Food

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That Tex Mex dish you enjoy so much at Mattito’s? You can thank Spain – partly – for it! Tex Mex food actually comes to us from Mexico, but it wouldn’t be the food we love today without some influence from Spain. How? Spain colonized Mexico through the early 1500s to 1821. Naturally, Spaniards brought their culture’s foods with them, …