The Taste of Texas in One Meal from Start to Finish

When you first step foot into the Lone Star State – otherwise known as Texas – there are a few guidelines one must know and abide by, and they are as follows. You must have chips, queso and table salsa with every meal when dining out; tacos are a sacred part of life; you don’t mess with the existence of pecan pie; and locally grown and produced rules all.

Chances are you’re not from these parts, but hey, that doesn’t mean you can’t eat like you are! If you want a quintessential Texas meal, you have to stick to the main food group of the carbohydrate.

Don’t worry about whether they’re simple or complex – we don’t! Why let a thing such as fried tortillas cut into chips stop you from diggin’ in feet first, Texas style? You shouldn’t. What you should do is embrace the carbs and the deliciousness of which they are paired with in both food and drink.

Here’s how to experience the rich flavors of Texas in one meal from start to finish.

The Drinks

If you’re going to eat like a Texan, it’s important to drink like one, too.

The Texas Mule

For starters, you’re going to need to make yourself a drink to handle the hard work you’re about to put in. The thing about Texas is that we make everything our own here, and alcohol is no different.

If you’ve never had a Texan Martini or a Texas Mule, now’s the perfect time. While you’re at it, use a Texas vodka such as Tito’s or Enchanted Rock to really capitalize on the whole Texas thing.

Get the Texas Mule recipe here.

Sweet Tea

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If you want something a little less alcoholic, or even entirely alcohol-free, aim for a sweet tea. Yes, other states have sweet tea, but ours is better.

Rule of thumb: Don’t ask why, just trust the experts, we won’t steer you wrong.

The Appetizers and Sides

There aren’t any main courses that feel complete in Texas without a few sides of queso and salsa, or Texas caviar.

Queso + Salsa

But first, queso.

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We’re not kidding around when we talk about (free—yes, free) table salsa and the addition of queso in your everyday meals. Is it the best for you? No, but it sure does taste like it.

There are many renowned queso joints across the state and many who create their own concoction. In our personal opinion, there is no wrong way to do queso, and adding a giant scoop of guacamole in the middle and topping it off with a sauce that packs a punch is never a bad idea.

Get the queso recipe here, and the table salsa recipe here.

Texas Caviar

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As for sides, you’d be a fool to not dabble in Texas Caviar. This can serve as a side or even a topping to your main dish. It’s sweet, zesty, and spicy all at the same time, and it has us screaming for joy.

Get the recipe here.

Texas-Style Green Beans

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If for some reason you’re not interested in the corn, pepper and bean combination, you can always fix up a go-to side dish: Texas-style green beans. What makes these so special? One word: bacon.

Get the recipe here.

The Main Dishes

It’s not Texas if the main courses aren’t the size of your face or the size of your plate.

The Brisket Tacos

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Two words: Barbecue and tacos. If there’s anything that screams ‘Texas’, it’s these two statewide staples. What if you could combine the two together? Oh, but you can.

Welcome to 2016 in Texas where nothing is off limits and brisket tacos are more than just a thing; they are life.

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Fried Steak

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If you’re not feeling the whole taco and barbecue mashup, fret not! We’ve got you covered. If there’s one thing that’s Texan, it’s frying things. More specifically, chicken-frying things.

Chicken fried steak may be something you’ve heard of before, but since this is Texas, we’ve gotta put our own stamp on it, while smothering it in cream gravy.

Find the recipe here.

The Dessert

Finish your meal the way you started it: with a smile on your face and a full stomach.

Pecan Pie

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Alas, it’s time for dessert, and we’ve got two stellar options to choose from; both in pie formation. They should be obvious, and we like it that way. For starters, you’ve got your pecan pie, a Texas staple (Goode Brazos, anyone?) no matter where you are in the state.

Get the recipe here.

Peach Cobbler

Hot latte with Georgia Peach Cobbler #latte #cobbler #peachcobbler #georgia

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And then there was peach cobbler, and oh my, will it rock your world. The crunch of the crust with the gooey interior and fresh cut peaches will make anyone drool.

Get the recipe here.

And there you have it, Texas in one meal from start to finish with enough options to cater to the pickiest of eaters. With love, from Texas.

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