Homemade Mexian Food - Is it authentic?

Let me preface this by saying that I live in Canada, and the closest I've ever been to Mexico is a week I spent in Las Vegas several years ago. I have NO direct knowledge of Mexican food or culture. The only things I know are recipes online and things I see on TV or in magazines/books.

What I'm wondering is, how "authentic" is the Mexican food that I make at home? We regularly make:
1) Burritos (consisting of refried beans, rice, tomatoes, onions, hot sauce, cheese and avocado in a tortilla)
2) Huevos rancheros (consisting of a fried tortilla topped with refried beans, a simmered tomato/pepper/spice mixture, cheese, onion, avocado and fried eggs - and sometimes fried potatoes)
3) Taco Salad - Basically a garden salad (lettuce, tomato, onion) topped with cheese and chilli, refried beans or baked black beans and eaten with pita chips or taco chips.
4) Mexican Lasagna - Layers of tortillas, refried beans, corn, cheese, tomatoes, onions "lasagna" style and baked.

I always call this "faux" Mexican food when I'm cooking it. Does anyone familiar with Mexican food eat anything even remotely similar to this stuff, or is it all just bad Americanized (or in my case, Canadian) versions of Mexican food?

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