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 some trends we’ve discovered.

  1. People want to know where a Tex Mex dish “came from.”

While Tex Mex itself is a cuisine that came to the U.S. from Tejanos who emigrated from northern Mexico to Texas in the last couple of centuries, many Mexican/Tex Mex restaurants are now highlighting the province or state where a dish originally came from. This is supposed to make the dish more exotic (or at least interesting) to the diners.

  1. Whitefish in your tacos.

As more and more people are looking to eat fish for its health benefits, look to Tex Mex cuisine to deliver with more dishes such as tacos served with fried whitefish, shredded cabbage and sauce rolled up in a soft tortilla.

  1. Queso has taken over New York City.

Yes, the cheesy, ultra-gooey dish beloved by all who adore Tex Mex cuisine has gone over in a huge way in Manhattan. New Yorkers apparently are over the moon for queso, the comfort food to end all comfort foods.

  1. “Upscale” Mexican cuisine.

What do we mean by “upscale?” Think of traditional Mexican recipes that now are so old, they once again are extremely cool. This type of cuisine – while traditional in nature – tends to be served in ultra-modern and posh restaurants. Expect to pay swanky prices for your meal, as well.

  1. Tex Mex itself is a trend. One that’s not going away anytime soon.

Tex Mex as a “cuisine” became hot in the U.S. in the 1980s. Even today, IBISWorld (which calls itself the “largest provider of industry information in the U.S.”) predicts that the number of Mexican/Tex Mex restaurants will grow by about 3.1 percent per year between now and 2020.

Naturally, we urge you to do your part to keep Tex Mex trending upwards. Visit Mattito’s today and enjoy our great Tex Mex dishes.

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