Texas February 05, 2018
If You Grew Up In Texas, You Definitely Love These 10 Classic Dishes
Who’s up for taking a walk down memory lane? I can still remember the smell of dinner wafting into my bedroom from the kitchen, acting as an alarm of sorts that had me running in to see what my mom was making that night. We sure are blessed with some amazing foods here in Texas, and if you grew up here, these 10 classic dishes were definitely on your plate more than once. (And let’s be honest – we still eat all of these on a regular basis.)
Did y'all know this dish actually originated here in Texas? It dates back to the Old West when Spanish ranchhands would cook beef and vegetables over a fire - much like what is done today. Throw some cheese on there and stuff everything in a warm tortilla, and you're golden.
2. Chicken-fried steak
We Texans are extremely picky about our CFS. If the meat isn't tender enough, crust isn't crispy enough, and gravy isn't the right consistency, we won't touch it with a ten-foot pole.
You might be wondering what burgers are doing on this list since everyone in America eats them, but the first one ever was actually made here in the Lone Star State (and I'd like to think we still do them better than every other state).
Texas chili isn't like any other chili. I'm not sure who decided it would be a good idea to add beans to an already delicious dish and ruin it, but that person needs a stern-talking to. None of those little vermin will be found in our chili, no sir! Just meat, tomatoes, onions, and spices - as it should be.
5. Frito pie
Apparently in some other states, these are called "walking tacos." That's just plain weird to me - what kind of taco has chili in it? Even though it shouldn't really matter what it's called as long as it tastes good, I'm glad we live in a state where logic prevails in terms of naming our foods.
We were one of the first states to pour cheese on TOP of our enchiladas instead of just using it as filling. Can you tell we really love our queso?
7. Breakfast tacos
If eating tacos for breakfast is wrong, I never want to be right. Bonus points if they're smothered in hot sauce.
I could go on and on about Texas barbecue, so I'll just leave you with this picture of the famous pit at the Salt Lick in Driftwood. 'Nuff said.
We don't even need to put our cheese on anything. Just heat it up, pour it over some ground beef and tomatoes, and give us some chips to use as a vehicle for the ooey-gooey goodness. Yum.
10. Fried okra
This goes for pretty much any vegetable, honestly. Have y'all ever tried fried green tomatoes? If not, you've been missing out on one of the finer things in life.
How many of these dishes did you eat growing up? Do you still eat them today? Did we leave off any of your favorites? Let us know!