Texas food is a mix of Mexican and Southern Cuisines, with some German, Cajun, West African, Vietnamese, other cultures thrown in.
For now, I’ve broken the recipes categories down as follows. I’m sure that’ll change sometime in the future, though.
Mexican Food – There wouldn’t be Texas food without Mexican food first. Since I grew up in West Texas, I mostly grew up on traditional Mexican food, especially food from Chihuahua. This is also what I learned to cook before anything else. The foods in this category are Mexican first, with maybe a little Texan thrown in on occasion.
Tex-Mex Food – All Tex-Mex is, is a mix of Southern and Mexican. Think about Tex-Mex chili gravy, like what you’d find on enchiladas. That’s just the offspring of Southern-style brown gravy and Mexican enchilada sauce.
Southern Food – Southern food is what I’d find in my paternal grandmother’s house. Her people were from Tennessee and she held tight to those traditions. She also loved to cook. She’d spend hours every day in her kitchen and there wasn’t much she didn’t make from scratch.
Grilling and Barbecue – Grilling and barbecuing is a critical part of any get-together, North or South of the Rio Grande. I’m happy with some Texas-style slow-smoked beef barbecue or a Mexican-style carne asada, as long as there’s plenty of cold beer.
Sides, Salads, and Condiments – For now I’ve shoved all of my sides, salads, and condiments into a single category. As I add new recipes, I’ll split this category up to make it easier to navigate. For now, if you’re looking for a list of all my salsas, you can find it here.