Shiner Bock & Queso: 10 Things Every Texan Has in Their Refrigerator

In the South, there is a certain way to do things. Nice and easy, slow and steady: it’s what wins the race, they say. But Texas . . . Texas is a different story. Though it is part of the glorious south, there are points and ways of life that only hold true in Texas. The barbeque is different, Tex-Mex isn’t the same as Mexican food, and there are a handful of beers that rule supreme.

If you make your way down to the best state in the country, there are a few tell-all signs that you’re in Texas, and they start with what’s in one’s refrigerator. Yep, there are staples that every Texan has in their fridge, regardless of their walk of life or what region of the state they live in. This says a lot, considering the size of Texas. These things are what make Texas so great, and an even more delicious place to be.

1. Salsa

We meet again old friend #hebsalsa #thebestsalsa

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Salsa should, and does, go on everything a Texan eats. From eggs in the morning to tacos at night, there is no skimping out on this spicy treat. Thanks to great places such as H-E-B and Whole Foods, you don’t even have to spend the time making your own . . . they do it for you (and it’s almost too good).

2. Sweet Tea

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about the South, and the same standard rings true in Texas.

The sweetest of tea belongs in our fridges at all times, and we like it that way.

3. Tamales

Fresh homemade Pork Tamales… ??? #tamales #tamaleseason #porktamales #texastamales

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These puppies are not only crucial on Christmas and New Years Day. They’re a year-round phenomenon that shouldn’t be messed with, but embraced.

4. Topo Chico

There’s no way to explain why this is in every Texans fridge other than it’s the sweet nectar of the Texan Gods, given to us to quench our thirst and mixes with everything—and we mean everything.

5. Avocados

If you think we’re buying store-bought guacamole for our Texas-shaped tortilla chips, you really aren’t from here.

Homemade guacamole comes from one thing and one thing only: avocados. Plus, what else are you going to serve alongside your eggs and salsa in the morning?

6. Shiner Bock

Austin's Chameleon Cold-Brew coffee and Shiner beer. We couldn't get more Texas if we tried. And we tried.

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Born and raised deep in the heart of Shiner, Texas, this beer and its seasonal flavors belong in one place: the fridge. At all times. No matter what.

7. Homemade Queso

#KerbeyQueso at the new @kerbeylanecafe in #RoundRock location! #queso

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The art of queso is much more than melted cheese and a can of Rotel. If you want to experience what real queso tastes like, go to a Texan’s house (you can thank us later).

8. Barbeque

This is from yesterday and I'm STILL recovering from the meat sweats. Man, I will surely miss #lockhartbbq and #texasbbq

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No matter if it’s sausage, ribs or brisket, there is always some type of barbeque in the refrigerator. If it hasn’t already been, you can bet we’re smoking those bad boys ourselves. Barbeque is an art, people.

9. Hot Sauce

Tapatío today… and tomorrow… and the day after that.

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For those times that your salsa just isn’t hot enough, hot sauce comes in.

Put it on your eggs, potatoes, and burgers. Just put it on everything.

10. Lone Star

Two beer Tuesday #LoneStarBeer Photo by: @burlesonyardbeergarden

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This is the unspoken MVP of the beer world in Texas.

You can hate on it all you want, but that doesn’t change the fact that it holds a special place in our hearts, and our fridges.

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