When in Texas, don’t forget to take a bite of the most popular food in this area.

Chicken-fried steak

It is kind of blurred for the origin of this crusty, fried slab o’ beef. This masterpiece satisfies and economical, dredged in flour and pan-fried, then smothering it with cream gravy made from the drippings. It’s an offshoot of schnitzel, a specialty of the Germans who settled Central Texas’ Hill Country is a theory of its origin. Either way, while modern restaurants often take a shortcut through the deep fryer, pan-fried is weighed more authentic.


Producing the peak of food that presages history, for a carefully slow-smoking beef brisket or pork ribs over wood-fired heat. Who makes the best barbecue — do not get a Texan started. Purists don’t add sauce but Texans, in general, apply spice rubs and perhaps a last-minute mop. With their knowledge of smoking meats, in all probability true that the Hill Country Germans helped perfect this delicacy.


Containing no beans ever for real Texas chili. Off to competitive high art, Tolbert started the famous Terlingua Chili Cookoff and, with others, elevated the dish. Kathleen Tolbert Ryan, Tolbert’s daughter, runs the family restaurant that still produces a killer bowl of red. Fritos Chili Pie is an important chili offshoot. Starting by tearing open a bag of Fritos, adding canned chili and topping with grated cheese and chopped onions is the old-time Frito-Lay handout recipe.

Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas

Settled as a unique style nearly 100 years ago in Texas’ Mexican restaurants for Anglos, Tex-Mex is a distinguished Texas regional cuisine. Genuine cheese enchiladas may be packed with a processed cheese or yellow cheddar and some chopped onions.

It’s a must for the gravy to be traditional, meatless, ground-chili-style “chili” gravy.

Pecan pie

One of four major pecan- growing states is Texas, and pecan pie is held as the official state pie. Before, pecans were so cheap and abundant as a production of pecan pie overflows.