Tex-Mex Cooking

Tex-Mex Cooking

Tex-Mex Cuisine is a a unique combination of American food and the cuisine of Mexico. This type of food started in the southwestern states that border Mexico, especially Texas. You have probably tried Tex-Mex cuisine before -- most Mexican food served in the United States is really Tex-Mex. There are a few key ingredients in most Tex-Mex recipes that require some preparation, including refried beans.

Refried Beans

Refried Beans are a key aspect of most Tex-Mex dishes. If you are in a hurry you can always purchase canned refried beans, but home-made ones are much better. Refried beans are served as a side to most Tex-Mex dishes -- they are put in enchiladas, made into bean dip and much more.

1 lb dried pinto beans
6 cups water
1 medium onion, diced (optional)
2 tbsp bacon fat, butter or olive oil

Start by washing and draining the beans, making sure there aren't any stones or bad beans mixed in. Next combine the pinto beans, water and onions into a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer, covered until the beans are soft. It should take 2.5 to 3 hours to cook the beans. During the cooking process you can add more water if necessary.

Drain the beans and mash with a potato masher in a frying pan until they are roughly pureed. Add the butter or olive oil and stir constantly until the beans are thickened. Add water if the beans start to dry out. Finish by adding salt to taste.

Once you have some refried beans, you are ready to whip up some amazing Tex-Mex creations.

Gourmet Nachos

These nachos are a favorite family dinner recipe. Start by getting a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and a large oven-proof platter.

1 bag tortilla chips
1 large tomato
1 large onion
1/2 lb cheddar cheese
2 cups refried beans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Start by lining the bottom of the platter with refried beans. Put a layer of chips over the beans, then add a layer of cheese, then a layer onions and tomatoes. Continue layering chips, cheese, onions and tomatoes until you run out and have a large mound of nachos.

Put the platter in the oven and cook for 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and crispy on the outer edges. When done sprinkle with chives and serve with salsa. If there are other ingredients you like on your nachos like diced jalapenos, you should add all of those things to your chip mound.

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