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March 14, 2004

Mexican Food

Filed under: Humor — mlah @ 2:52 pm

Selma Hayek in 'From Dusk til Dawn'

an informative post for all y’all yankees.

i love mexican food. it is my favorite. it surpasses italian and chinese food easily. and it is soooo easy to make. you just have to remember that the two main spices that give mexican food it’s mexican-ness are chili powder and cumin. the waitresses, well, they usually don’t dress like selma hayek to the right, but they’re usually pretty fun all the same.

now, let’s take a critical look at the different dishes.

chips and hot sauce. you have to have some of this as an appetizer. sometimes you can get queso (cheese sauce) for your chips as well.

enchiladas. a wonderful corn totilla surrounding your choice of filling, shredded or ground beef, chicken, or my favorite cheese. baked. often topped with more cheese, or some sort of tomato concoction, like pico de gallo, or salsa.

fajitas. i like to call these deluxo build your own tacos. huh? what’s a taco?

tacos. ground beef, most commonly, in a greasy corn tortilla, topped with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. hot sauce at your own discretion. out in califoreignia, they like to use fish.

ok, a quick disclaimer. for y’all yankees, we texans often refer to what you call salsa as hot sauce. the hot sauce y’all use, we call tobasco. put tobasco on my food and we have a problem. it’s nasty, and tastes like vinegar. only salsa touches my food.

Getting Started at Tias

oh, we texans also refer to what y’all yankees call texmex as mexican food. it’s our food, we’ll call it what we want.

back to mexican food.

rellenos (ray – yen – noos) these are stuffed peppers. normally stuffed with cheese, but often include shrimp. yum.

burritos. a lot like a taco, except they are rolled closed in a flour tortilla, not a corn tortilla.

now, as side dishes, you get some spanish rice and refried beans, and you are in the house!

sopaipillas. these are a dessert. usually sweet breat deep fried. they poof up like a ballon and are most commonly shaped in a triangle. you rip them open and pour in honey and butter. yes you’ll get sticky. if you don’t, you just aren’t doing it right.

if you’re lucky, you can actually get some fried ice cream as well.

you should enjoy some sort of a beer with your mexican food. i like corona and shiner boch, but tecate is also acceptable.

now, there is a downside to all this wonderful stuff.

Fajitas and a Corona

one: my sisters eat all of the tomatoes. it’s like a sport to them. while preparing dinner, i have actually watched one of my sisters take tomatoes out of the serving bowl to eat as fast as i could dice them. the worst part is that they will always try to blame me for the tomato shortage.

two: beware of the aftereffects.

go ahead and enjoy your dinner. you won’t mind the aftereffects. everybody else will.

and in the case of over zealous tomato eating sisters, i like to call it retribution.


  1. I don’t know where you get off thinking that they like to use fish in tacos here. Oh sure, Rubios does it….but most places don’t! And I wouldn’t touch a fish taco if my life depended on it. Seems to me to be too much like poor hygiene gone horribly wrong.

    Comment by Da Goddess — March 15, 2004 @ 4:12 pm

  2. Let me guess who the mater eatin sis is…could it be Jennifer? Oh and those aftereffects…retribution…lol…loved it! Aunt Rose

    Comment by Auntie Rose — March 15, 2004 @ 8:22 pm

  3. Mejor Que Nada is a beautiful place!

    Comment by Yup — March 16, 2004 @ 12:20 am

  4. ah, mejor que nada. i remember that place in san angelo. i only ate there twice. it was good though.

    tias is still my favorite as far as chain restaurants go.

    Comment by mlah — March 16, 2004 @ 6:47 am

  5. You like Tia’s better than “viejo padrecito’s cocina Mexicana”? es tut mir leid! savagae99

    Comment by dad — March 16, 2004 @ 4:51 pm

  6. My last adventure with Mexican food caused permanent damage to my colon. I faint at the mere smell of mexican food…

    Comment by Sean — March 16, 2004 @ 8:38 pm

  7. Mlah knows that I don’t eat much Mexican food. What can I say? I’m an old-fashioned meat and potatoes and mountain dew type of guy 😉

    Comment by medium john — March 17, 2004 @ 6:10 pm

  8. All this Mexican food stuff is making me hungry. I’m not lucky enough to life on the border, I have to order my mexican food on-line and wait until it arrives here (lima, peru); usally from or I’ve never heard of sopapillas though. That must be a texmex thing.

    Comment by Karina Cervantes Magaña — December 12, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

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