Food historians tell us Tex Mex cuisine originated hundreds of years ago when Spanish/Mexican recipes combined with Anglo fare.

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80-1) [1970s] "In the good old days, Texans went to "Mexican restaurants" and ate "Mexican food." Then in 1972, The Cuisines of Mexico, an influential cookbook by food authority Diana Kennedy, drew the line between authentic interior Mexican food and the "mixed plates" we ate at "so-called Mexican restaurants" in the United States.

Kennedy and her friends in the food community began referring to Americanized Mexican food as "Tex-Mex," a term previously used to describe anything that was half-Texan and half-Mexican.

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.

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.

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.

For the rest of the world, "Tex-Mex" had an exciting ring.

It evoked images of cantinas, cowboys and the Wild West.

Texas-Mexican restaurant owners considered it an insult.

By a strange twist of fate, the insult launched a success.

About bunuelos "Most countries have their version of bunuelos, or fritters, either sweet or savory, and they are certainly great favorites throughout Spain and Latin America.