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The Difference Between Texmex Restaurants & Mexican Restaurants September 16, 2016

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The Difference Between Texmex Restaurants & Mexican Restaurants, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri

Can you tell the difference between food at a Mexican restaurant and food in a Texmex restaurant? It can be difficult to distinguish between the two cuisines. However, there are some distinct differences that can help you tell them apart.

El Azteca Mexican Restaurant in O’Fallon, MO, serves both Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine. The Texmex restaurant’s mouthwatering menu is made by chefs that are masters of Tex-Mex cuisine. The chefs say the difference between Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine comes down to a few key ingredients.

The Ingredients

Texmex RestaurantAlthough it’s based on Mexican cuisine, Tex-Mex cuisine utilizes ingredients that are abundant in the U.S. but scarce in Mexico. Ingredients such as beef, yellow cheese, wheat flour, black beans, canned vegetables (especially tomatoes), and cumin are commonly used in Tex-Mex dishes. Beef is a major difference in the two cuisine types. It is the meat of choice for Tex-Mex cuisine, but it is hardly used in Mexican cuisine. 

Generally, the more starch there is, the more likely that it is a Tex-Mex dish. Wheat flour is another major indicator of Tex-Mex cuisine. Mexican cuisine usually uses maize-based flour for its dishes. You’ll always find more bread and cheese at a Texmex restaurant.

Regional Influence

Texmex restaurantTo be fair, Mexican cuisine is not relegated to one particular region. It encompasses an entire country of regions. For example, in the Yucatan, seafood is the general theme of the cuisine, while central regions use other forms of protein for the dishes. Mexican food requires a lot of preparation time and ingredients.

Tex-Mex is a combination of northern Mexican and Texan cuisines. It uses a narrower set of ingredients than Mexican cuisine. This isn’t to say that Tex-Mex isn’t good. In fact, it’s delicious!

Come to El Azteca and try the best in both Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine. Get your appetite going with their signature jalapeno poppers and steak cilantro empanadas, or with a variety of nacho appetizers that will please anyone. Stop by between 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for their lunch specials. 

Find out why locals consider El Azteca Mexican Restaurant the best Mexican food in all of Missouri. Visit them online to look at their tantalizing menu, or call (636) 926-6112 for take-out and enjoy the savory experience at home.

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