Did you know that the nachos that you eat or the famous chimichangas or even fajitas, enchiladas hard-shelled tacos and refried beans are not Mexican? Those were the main constituents of Mexican cuisine for us but turns out, we’ve been wrong all along. That’s all Tex-Mex.
What’s the difference between Tex-Mex and Mexican food?
is a mix of cultures, Native American, Spanish, American, Mexican.
doesn’t have hard-shelled tacos. Instead, they have tostadas and flautas. And the tortillas in Mexico are made of corn instead of the flour ones that are popular in America. This is because there are 59 types of corn that are native to Mexico, they even use cactus! Mexican food uses a lot of herbs like basil and fewer spices like cumin which is prominent in Tex-Mex food. In actual Mexican food, all parts of an animal are used from the beef head, cheek, even the tongue.
Quesadilla is one dish that is common in both Tex-Mex and Mexican food, but the Mexican version has lesser cheese. In Mexican food, the focus is more on the local produce and that is what shines. Cheese tends to over-power most flavours and is hence used in a smaller quantity.
Is Taco Bell real Mexican food?
No, it is not. It is commercialised Tex-Mex food. All the things on the menu are things people are familiar with and are suited to the people that Taco Bell serves. If there were a “huaraches” on the Taco Bell menu, people wouldn’t really order it because it’s a risk and people tend to like playing it safe while ordering fast food.
Maybe it’s time you tried out some real Mexican food, huh?