Stock up on Tex-Mex Ingredients
Along with spices, Tex-Mex has its own roster of ingredients, as well. Texan cowboys used to cook with ingredients from Northern Mexico. But once the railway arrived, they began mixing in more American fare like flour, lard, bacon, molasses and yellow cheese. They also started using cast-iron skillets and Dutch ovens, which allowed for more options and flexibility in cooking, and put beef on the menu.
Keep your pantry well-stocked with these ingredients, and you'll never be wanting for great Tex-Mex food: skirt steak, shredded chicken, pork, tortillas (flour and corn), rice, beans, corn, potatoes, cheese (yellow or cheddar), cilantro, onions, chipotle, cumin and garlic, peppers, sour cream, tomatoes, tortilla chips and salsa.
There are endless combinations for these ingredients. But is Tex-Mex ever healthy? Click over to the next page to find out.