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FRENCH CUISINE WAS DESIGNED TO DEAL WITH ROTTEN INGREDIENTS

Tex-Mex food in a relatively new invention that didn't happen until the railroads allowed The word "Tex-Mex" first entered the English language as a nickname for the Texas Mexican Railway, chartered in southern Texas in 1875. In train schedules published in the newspapers of the 19th century the names of railroads were abbreviated. The Missouri Pacific was called the Mo. Pac. and the Texas-Mexican was abbreviated Tex. Mex.

From the South Texas region between San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso, tex-mex cuisine dominated. Essentially Tex-Mex is the combination of Mexican cooking and Irish/German cowboys. Tex-Mex has flour tortillas whereas, Mexican food only uses corn. Chili is a Tex-Mex invention that has no antecedent in Mexico. There is no Mexican equivalent. Chili is the cheapest way you can prepare cow. Chili never used to have beans in it. That's why chili dogs are still served in places like Pink's with no beans in the Chili. Beans were added becasue they are cheaper and also have a lot of protien. After WWII, there used to be Chili stands all across the West. Often they'd serve Chili on rice.