Everything’s bigger in the Lone Star state — and the goes for the food too.
It’s no surprise that southern foods rank high on the list of the tastiest dishes in America. Texas foods regularly show up at the top of the “50 Best” lists.
If you’re planning a trip to Texas or trying to recreate some authentic Texas recipes at home, where should you start? Here are four Texas foods that belong at the top of your list.
1. Texas BBQ
It’s not called “Texas” BBQ for nothing. Heck, you’ll even find Texas BBQ-themed restaurants scattered around Europe and Asia!
You can’t beat a plate of beef brisket that’s been slow-smoked all day over glowing mesquite woodchips. There are also the impossibly huge platters of pulled pork, beef ribs, and baby back pork ribs — all slathered with Texas-style spicy and smoky BBQ sauce.
Wash it down with some mac and cheese, fried okra, baked beans, and collard greens, and you’ve died and gone to BBQ heaven. For meat lovers, it doesn’t get much better than the Mecca of the Lone Star state.
Something beautiful happened from the fusion of meat-loving Texans and the classic cuisine of their Mexican neighbors. Tex-Mex has given the world insanely tasty dishes including:
• Tacos (of course)
• Chili con carne
• Cheesy queso dip
• Steak fajitas
• Refried beans
Basically, anything that includes a lot of cheese, meat, and spice qualifies at Tex-Mex. Is it any wonder that this has become such a beloved favorite around the country (and the world)?
The good news is it’s easy to recreate classic Tex-Mex recipes at home. All you need is a Texas recipe workbook to get started.
Believe it or not, the best Texas foods go beyond steaming piles of meat. With 3,359 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll find some mighty good seafood in coastal areas.
Oysters, catfish, and Gulf shrimp all get honorable mentions. But if you want a true Texas seafood experience, you need to order a bowl of crawfish. These tasty critters resemble small lobsters and (some say) taste even better.
Eat them steamed, Cajun-style, or in an etouffee — they’re delicious no matter how you prepare them!
4. Pecan Pie
Yes, Texas has designated an official “state dessert” and the winner is pecan pie. This makes sense when you consider that the pecan tree is the state tree of Texas.
Pecan pie is gooey, sweet, and sticky, and it’s especially satisfying with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Some like it cold while others prefer it warm, so we’ll let you try it both ways and decide for yourself.
Try These Delicious Texas Foods Today
Eating southern foods — especially eating Texas foods — is a delight for your taste buds. The foods on this list are hearty, sweet, spicy, and satisfying. Whatever you are eating, don’t forget to garnish with some delicious jalapeño peppers!
So what are you waiting for? Loosen your belt and get ready to experience the delicious food from Texas!
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