10 Popular "Texan" Dishes That Aren’t Actually from Texas

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Chicken Fried Steak

This fried steak, peppery gravy, and mashed potato meal that epitomizes Texan comfort cuisine may not have originated in the Lone Star State.

Texas Kolaches

Originally from Moravia, the Czech Republic, the kolache was introduced by Czech immigrants to Texas in the late 1800s.

Fried Pork Rinds

The crunchy, crispy, fried pig skin appetizer, also known as chicharron, has Spanish roots, specifically in Andalusia. It is rumored that Texas native George H.W. Bush enjoyed it.


Conchas, a yeasted roll in vanilla or chocolate produced from eggy biscocho dough, are Mexico's national sweet bread and have the Spanish word "shell" for "shell."

Chile Con Queso

This cheesy dessert, also known as chile con queso, is a hugely popular dish in Texas. It normally consists of melted cheese, such as Velveeta or another type of processed cheese, and chile peppers.

Frito Pie

Fritos, often known as "little fried things," were first produced in Mexico and were popular beach food. However, New Mexico and Texas both lay claim to a portion of the famed Frito Pie that is so popular in Texas.

BBQ and Brisket

Texas had an abundance of beef since the cattle industry was flourishing, and brisket is as well-liked as the state itself. Many Jewish, Czech, and German immigrants settled in Texas in the late 1800s.

Chili (no beans)

In this region, chili, also known as a "bowl of red," was designated as the official dish of Texas by the Texas Legislature in 1977.

Breakfast tacos

Especially in Austin, Tex-Mex food is popular, according to David Tooke of Camping Fun Zone. They are descended from Mexican immigrants who now reside in Texas.


According to Carlos Cantu, general manager of Painted Marlin Grille, nachos originated in northern Mexico, notably in Piedras Negras in Coahuila.

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