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Food historians tell us Tex Mex cuisine originated hundreds of years ago when Spanish/Mexican recipes combined with Anglo fare.
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.
We tracked down the earliest print references for "burritos" cited by food history in American/English reference books. If fried, the burrito becomes a chimichanga." ---Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F. Not just tortillas, but huge regional tortillas, often well over twenty inches in diameter.
They are nothing like the burritos we are served today. Wrapped around some sort of filling, they are called burros or burritos, depending upon the size. If you deep-fry a burro it becomes a chimichanga--a truly local dish from Another Arizona or northern Sonora." ---Tucson's Mexican Restaurants, Suzanne Myal [Fiesta Publishing: Tucson AZ] 1997 (p.
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.
It is difficult to be precise as to what distinguishes Tex-Mex from true Mexican food, except to say that the variety of the latter is wider and more regional, whereas throughout the state and, now, throughout the entire United States." ---Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F. 325) [1950s] "Mexican restaurants, whos popularity coincided with the arrival of large numbers of Mexican immigrants after 1950, have for the most part followed the from and style of what is called "Tex-Mex" food, and amalgam of Northern Mexican peasant food with Texas farm and cowboy fare.