Spanish Words That Every Tex Mex Lover Should Know

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Today, we’re going to discuss some Spanish words and phrases that commonly appear on the menus at Tex Mex restaurants.  But since long lists of facts can be a bit boring, we’re going to spice things up a bit.  Get out a writing utensil and a piece of scratch paper, because it’s time for a multiple-choice vocabulary quiz!

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 …

How Certain Tex Mex Dishes Got Their Names

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Even if you don’t speak Spanish, chances are, you can pronounce and understand a few Spanish words and phrases. And this can be handy when you’re ordering a meal in a Tex-Mex restaurant. After all, you don’t have to know exactly what “pico de gallo” means to know that it’s delicious and you’d like to order a bowl of it! …

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 …