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Food historians tell us Tex Mex cuisine originated hundreds of years ago when Spanish/Mexican recipes combined with Anglo fare.
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Tex Mex, as we Americans know it today, is a twentieth century phenomenon.
Dictionaries and food history sources confirm the first print evidence of the term "Tex Mex" occured in the 1940s.
It evoked images of cantinas, cowboys and the Wild West.
No one knows when or where it acquired the name fajita, which means girdle' or'strip' in Spanish and refers to the skirt steak originally used in the preparation..."Refried beans" are a mistranslation of the Mexican dish frijoles refritos, which actually means well-fried beans...The combination platter of enchiladas, tacos, and tortillas became the unvarying standards of the Tex-Mex menu, while new dishes like chimichangas (supposedly invented in the the 1950s at El Charro restaurant in Tucson, Arizona) and nachos (supposedly first served at a consession at Dallas's State Fair of Texas in 1964...) were concocted to please the American palate....Mariani [separate entries for specific foods--fajita, tamale, chalupa...] Food Culture in Mexico, Long-Solis& Vargas The History of Food, Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, "The History of Cereals, Maize in the West" (pages 164-176) New Mexico Cooking: Southwestern Flavors of the Past and Present, Clyde Casey Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Mexico] Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Andrew J. Pilcher The Story of Corn, Betty Fussell You Eat What You Are, Thelma-Barer-Stein ("Mexico") The history of bunuelos and churros can be traced to ancient peoples.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.Over the years, we’ve received thousands of real people's stories from across the globe and have come to call them "Tool Tales." Watch the Latest Tool Tales » The Leatherman Story Tim Leatherman founded the company on a few simple, but fundamental principles: manufacture the highest quality products that deliver excellent value to the consumer, while providing good, living-wage jobs to the local workforce.Discover The Leatherman Story » For real life The three things you need to conquer your everyday: your know-how, your own two hands, and your Leatherman. Together, you’re prepared for anything life throws your way.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.Coe American Food: The Gastronomic Story, Evan Jones [chapter III "Padres and Conquistadores"] Cuisines of Mexico, Diana Kennedy Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F.In many parts of Mexico bunuelos are made of a stiffer dough, which is rolled out thin anywhere up to 12 inches in diameter and then fried crisp and staked up ready for use.In Uruapan..are broken into small pieces and heated\ quickly in a thick syrup of piloncillo, the raw sugar of Mexico.