Mexican food can be found in every state in the United States. Although some southwestern states argue that their Mexican food is more authentic, the truth is that it is not authentic at all.

The Culinary Geek —

The “Mexican” food that is served in America, also known as, “TexMex,” is a cuisine based off of Mexican spices and flavors, but has its own American twist. Food Historians agree that TexMex cuisine originated hundreds of years ago when Anglo Saxons migrated into the Mexican territory and mixed their cuisine with Mexican influences. The term TexMex was not used until the 1940’s. Today TexMex is a national phenomenon in the United States, especially in the Southwest Region, that was once Mexican territory.


However delicious, TexMex is merely a combination of Mexican spices and Anglo fare, not a direct representation of Mexican cuisine. It is practically impossible to find a hard-shell taco, burrito, or chili rellenos, in Mexico.