'Tex Mex' on Serious Eats

Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas With Red Chili Gravy

Meet the ultimate, upgraded Tex-Mex Enchiladas: Tortillas, rolled up around a cheddar-based filling and completely enveloped by a rich red chili sauce, then topped with even more melted cheese. The sauce is rustic and aromatic, with a haunting cumin aroma and a heat from the chilies that doesn't attack so much as slowly tickle the back of your tongue. We've taken a few liberties, but they're worth it. More

The Ultimate Fully Loaded Nachos

What does it take to make an incredible plate of bar-style, fully loaded nachos? For starters, at least three kinds of cheese, two kinds of beans, and two different applications of creamy, tangy dairy. It may sound like overkill, but there's a method to this madness. More

Perfect Refried Beans

Refried beans are like the mashed potatoes of Mexican and Tex-Mex cooking: they're a versatile, addictive, and delicious side dish. While a relatively simple dish, this master recipe allows you to choose exactly how you want to make them, whether chunky or smooth, cooked with pork fat or vegetable oil, or made with pinto or black beans. More

Dinner Tonight: Sautéed Steak a la Mexicana

Yes, this does look suspiciously like fajitas. In fact, Simply Mexican author Lourdes Castro writes that it's probably "where the fajita probably got its start." Which is just a way of saying, if you like the Tex-Mex classic, then you'll appreciate what's going on here: caramelized beef, charred onions and chiles, and nothing else to get in the way. But there are differences, and they are important. More

Classic From-a-Can 7-Layer Dip

Two different 7-layer dips, stacked. In the top dish, my wife's Classic From-a-Can 7-Layer Dip, as detailed here. In the bottom dish, my fancypants cheffy dip. This easy 7-layer dip recipe, adapted from Allrecipes.com, is the one my wife made... More

All-From-Scratch 7-Layer Dip

This dip, adapted from NYC chef Joaquin Baca's recipe in New York magazine, is undeniably delicious. But, boy, is it labor-intensive. After having made it straight through over the course of a Saturday afternoon (as part of a husband-wife 7-Layer... More

Cook the Book: Migas

This migas (with potatoes, beans, and tortillas) is actually from Mi Madre's in Austin. [Flickr: Mr. Wright] There are so many good things about Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman: wonderful recipes, beautiful photographs her family and ranch, sweet and funny... More

Sunday Brunch: Amaya's Migas

This seriously delicious recipe comes courtesy of my friend Robb Walsh, the author of The Tex-Mex Cookbook. In the headnote in the book, Robb explains that it was actually bestowed upon him by Robert Amaya of Taco Village in Austin,... More

Grilling: Tacos Carne Asada

I've just returned from another holiday spent deep in the heart of Texas—well not too deep, Houston to be exact. While there, you'll usually find me at Ninfa's on Navigation, enjoying some fajitas with a Mexican coke, finished with sweet... More

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