Dozens of Tex-Mex restaurants sprang up in Paris, and the trend spread across Europe and on to Bangkok, Buenos Aires and Abu Dhabi.Tortilla chips, margaritas and chili con carne are now well-known around the world." --- Houston Post, 6 part series, all online: Los Angeles Times Cookbook: Old Time California, Mexican and Spanish Recipes  History & evolution: Recommended books: America's First Cuisines, Sophie D.Tex Mex restaurants first surfaced ouside the southwest region in cities with large Mexican populations. Diana Kennedy, noted Mexican culinary expert, is credited for elevating this common food to trendy fare. But it is foreign in that its inspiration came from an alien cuisine; that it has never merged into the mainstream of American cooking and remains alive almost solely in the region where it originated..." ---Eating in America, Waverly Root & Richard de Rochemont [William Morrow: New York] 1976 (p. A combination of the words "Texan" and "Mexican," first printed in 1945, that refers to an adaptation of Mexican dishes by Texas cooks.
Churros are nothing more than fried batter of flour and water, but they are essential to a Spanish breakfast, dipped either in sugar or in a cup of coffee or thick hot chocolate...If one is out on an all-night binge--a juerga, as it is called--it is the custom to end the evening by eating Churros and hot chocolate at the churreria, or churro store, which opens by dawn." ---The Foods and Wines of Spain, Penelope Casas [New York: Knopf] 1982 (p. Make a depression in the middle of each and fill with chichiarrones. ed.) iii.81 Burritos in the northern part of Mexico and in the southwestern part of the United States are quite different.Smith [Mexican American Food] Pre-Hispanic Cooking, Ana M. fritters were known to many cultures and cuisines; each evolving according to local tastes and customs.These foods were introduced to Mexico by Spanish settlers. Food historians tell us Tex Mex cuisine originated hundreds of years ago when Spanish/Mexican recipes combined with Anglo fare.
Tex Mex, as we Americans know it today, is a twentieth century phenomenon.Burritos, as we Americans know them today, pair ancient culinary traditions with contemporary expectations. Our survey of historic newspapers suggest food trucks played a roll. The "ito" suffix denotes a smaller version of the original item.What makes burritos different from most other Mexican-American foods is the metamorhpasis of this dish. Burritos are efficient, economical, easy & delicious. A tortilla rolled and cooked on a griddle, then filled with a variety of condiments. The word, from Spanish for "little donkey," first saw print in America in 1934. A Mexican dish consisting of a maize-flour tortilla rolled round a savoury filling (of beef, chicken, refried beans, etc.) 1934: E. "..the Sonora and southeastern Arizona, some people make tortillas out of wheat, as well as, corn.In Uruapan..are broken into small pieces and heated\ quickly in a thick syrup of piloncillo, the raw sugar of Mexico.These of Veracruz are very much like the churros of Spain, but flavored with aniseeds, and served with a syrup." ---The Cuisines of Mexico, Diana Kennedy [Harper Row: New York] 1972 (p.For the rest of the world, "Tex-Mex" had an exciting ring.