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8 Essential Tex-Mex Dishes

Nick Kindelsperger 9 comments

I don't know about you, but basically all the Mexican dishes I grew up devouring weren't technically Mexican. Fajitas, chili, nachos—these are all cornerstones of Tex-Mex cuisine. More

Jalapeño Coleslaw

Serious Eats Joshua Bousel Post a comment

Bringing a little Tex-Mex influence to coleslaw, this dressing gets its bold flavor from lime juice, jalapeño, cilantro, and cumin. More

Essential Tex-Mex: How to Make Cheese Enchiladas With Red Chili Gravy

Nick Kindelsperger 14 comments

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

Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas With Red Chili Gravy

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 11 comments

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

What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

Meredith Bethune 57 comments

Mexican food confused me when I first moved to Texas. Suddenly I encountered restaurants serving the Lone Star state's famous queso dip next to cochinita pibil from Yucatán wrapped in flour tortillas. I didn't know what to make of it. But Carlos Rivero, owner of El Chile Cafe y Cantina and several other Mexican restaurants in Austin, clarified that "'Mexican' is a very broad term because that profile encompasses so many different flavors and ingredients. When come to El Chile, you can have a modern take on Mexican or you can have the die-hard fajita platter. It's up to you." More

How to Make Real Texas Nachos

Joshua Bousel 16 comments

Sometimes, simplicity rules the nacho game. We recreate the Texas tradition of freshly fried chips individually topped with Longhorn cheese and a pickled jalapeño slice: a perfectly balanced snack. More

Real Texas Nachos

Serious Eats Joshua Bousel 11 comments

Sometimes, simplicity rules the nacho game. We recreate the Texas tradition of freshly fried chips individually topped with Longhorn cheese and a pickled jalapeño slice: a perfectly balanced snack. More

The Ultimate Fully Loaded Nachos

Daniel Gritzer 14 comments

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

The Ultimate Fully Loaded Nachos

Serious Eats Daniel Gritzer 8 comments

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

How to Make Great Refried Beans

Daniel Gritzer 11 comments

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

Perfect Refried Beans

Serious Eats Daniel Gritzer 13 comments

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

The Food Lab: The Ultimate Fully Loaded Vegan Nachos

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 19 comments

I've said it in the past: there is no dish that is better designed for sharing than a pile of nachos, but here's the thing: most of my friends are not vegan. So where does this leave me? I could take the hard-core route and decide that I need new friends, but that's a) crazy, b) stupid, c) classless, d) mean, e) snooty, and other adjectives as well. No. A much better solution is this one: Make vegan nachos so damn good that everybody will want to get in on the action, vegan or not. More

The Ultimate Fully Loaded Vegan Nachos

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

The ultimate fully-loaded vegan nachos with chili, black beans, roasted tomato salsa, refried beans, tomatoes, olives, onions, jalapeños, radishes, guacamole, and a gooey nacho sauce. More

Hangover Helper: Spoonbread-Stuffed Chile Relleno and Brisket Nachos at Trigger in Portland, OR

Drinks Adam Lindsley 2 comments

For a slow day at the office made even slower as a result of hitting the sauce a little fervently the night before (hey, no one's judging anyone here), a hearty bite of Tex-Mex is just what the doctor ordered. And it's what you'll order, too, if you find yourself in a similar predicament and manage to make your way to the doors of Trigger, the newest place in Portland to procure that soul-pleasing marriage of Texas and Mexican comfort food. More

Ultimate King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Serious Eats Yvonne Ruperti 1 comment

This gooey, cheesy Tex-Mex chicken lasagna is layered with soft corn tortillas and melty Monterey Jack cheese. Jalapeños, chili, cayenne, and Mexican hot sauce provide the kick. More

Chicken Dinners: Ultimate Chicken Burrito Bowl

Yvonne Ruperti 2 comments

Make it a Tex-Mex burrito bowl night. Poached chicken with lime is piled deep with all the fixins. Go full or semi-homemade. More

The Ultimate Chicken Burrito Bowl

Serious Eats Yvonne Ruperti 3 comments

Make it a Tex-Mex burrito bowl night. Poached chicken with lime is piled deep with all the fixings. Go full or semi-homemade. More

Beef Barbacoa Nachos with Pickled Red Onions

Serious Eats Jennifer Olvera 4 comments

Delicious nachos with beef barbacoa and pickled red onions. More

Dinner Tonight: Sautéed Steak a la Mexicana

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

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

Beer Pairings: What to Drink with Enchiladas

Drinks Michael Agnew 3 comments

This recipe for cheese enchiladas offers three avenues of approach for pairing beers: we have corn tortillas, spicy seasoning, and raisiny, dried-fruit flavors from the sauce. You want to pick beers that will stand up to the darker flavors without overwhelming the lighter ones. Also, the abundance of cheese and rich sauce call for something with some palate cleansing potential. More

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