Tex Mex Madness
The word "Tex-Mex" first entered the English language as a nickname for the Texas Mexican Railway, chartered in southern Texas in 1875. In train schedules published in the newspapers of the 19th century the names of railroads were abbreviated…alias “Tex-Mex”.
SERVES: 6 portions
Tex-Mex (from Texas and Mexico) is a fusion of Mexican and American cuisines, deriving from the culinary creations of Tejanos. The Tejano culture is a combination of Texans of Spanish or Mexican heritage who lived in Texas before it became a republic, and also Mexican immigrants from Northern Mexico. Tex-Mex cuisine is characterized by its heavy use of shredded cheese, meat (particularly beef and pork), beans, peppers and spices wrapped in a tortilla. Dishes such as Texas-style chili con carne, nachos, tacos and fajitas are all Tex-Mex inventions.
- Tex-Mex has imported flavours from other spicy cuisines, such as the use of cumin.
- Turn up the heat with some good old-fashioned chipotle which gives the dish a smoky, spicy kick!
- Chili, nachos, tacos and fajitas are the cornerstone of Tex-Mex cuisine.
- Try adding some yummy toppings like avocado, shredded cheese, jalapenos, refried beans… the options are endless!
What you need:
- 1 ½ Cup Kidney Bean
- 1 ½ Cup Pinto Bean
- 3 Cups Brown Rice, Cooked
- 1 ½ tsp Olive Oil
- ½ Cup Diced Onion
- 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
- ½ Cup Corn
- 1 ½ Cup Diced Tomato
- 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 1 ½ tsp Cumin
- ½ tsp Paprika
- ½ Cup Shredded Cheese
What to do:
- Make sure to wash your hands before you begin.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Oil a large casserole dish.
- Mix all spices together in a small bowl.
- Heat oil over medium heat in a pan. Cook onion and garlic until translucent.
- Stir in spice blend, corn, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, rice and ¼ cup of the shredded cheese. Sauté for a few minutes.
- Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish and smooth out the top. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top.
- Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 15 minutes.