Although Tex Mex doesn't refer to traditional Mexican food, it is just as scrumptious and filling, and perhaps quite a bit more cheesy. If you're in the mood for an American take on Mexican food, it's highly recommended that you hightail it to a local Mexican restaurant or try your own hand at making one of the delicious Tex Mex dishes.
A breakfast taco is a combination of one of the most important staples of American breakfast – eggs – with a corn tortilla. Simply put, scrambled eggs are placed inside of the tortilla, and the rest of the ingredients are up to you. Many times salsa is added for a bit of spice, shredded cheddar is added for a bit of "melty" flavor, hash browns are added for a filling additional "breakfast" element, and chorizo is introduced in order to flesh out a traditional Mexican "meaty" flavor.
Chili Con Carne
It would be easy enough to say that this dish is chili with beef, but the dish is much more than that. This hearty, incredibly filling dish is chock full of tender, Mexican-style shredded beef, but the true element that makes this dish something unique is the added element of green chilies. Although traditional southern chili dishes can be quite spicy, chili con carne is sweat inducing. This dish is not for the faint of heart, but does provide a comforting flavor to those who enjoy their dishes full bodied and spicy.
Skirt Steak Fajitas
Perhaps one of the easiest meals to construct in the cookbook of Tex Mex, skirt steak simply requires you to fire up the grill, throw some skirt steak and green and red peppers on the grill, season to your heart's content, then serve them over some corn tortillas. Skirt steak fajitas are sometimes served with grilled onions, salsa, sour cream, or even steak sauce.
As previously mentioned, Tex Mex food tends to be significantly cheesier than its traditional counterpart, and cheese enchiladas are perhaps the perfect sign of this phenomenon. Tex Mex enchiladas are smothered in a sauce that consists of dried chilies and then thickened up with a roux that uses oil and flour as its base. It is then covered with shredded cheddar cheese, which is allowed to melt over the entirety of the top of the dish. There is one primary element to this dish – heat. It comes from two sources: the fact that the dish is served piping hot off of the grill and the spicy roux sauce that it is soaked in.
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