Everything’s big in Texas especially the local appetite. So if you are planning a trip down south, better get yourself ready because there are loads of amazing eats in Texas! In today’s post, we are counting down some of the must-try local eats in Texas:
Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken fried steak was developed to make the toughest part of chicken meat more appetizing. This dish is meant to maximize every part of the chicken. Chicken fried steak is made from flour-coated chicken meat pan-fried to golden perfection. The steak is them slathered with cream gravy made from the chicken drippings.
Every household in Texas has a barbecue grill stowed away somewhere. This is barbecue country, after all! Texas is renowned for the sheer number of barbecue restaurants in the region, and everyone has their own special recipe kept under lock and key!
The most popular BBQ in Texas is beef brisket and pork ribs. The meats are either seasoned with a dry rub or a special blend of sauce to be used for marinade and basting. But for purists, they prefer the dry rub. The meats are then slowly cooked over a wooden fire for no less than 8 hours! Most Texans would apply spice rubs for a kick of flavor.
Chili happens to be the official dish of Texas. The authentic Texas chili does not contain beans. The bright red, savory Texas chili is loaded with tender pieces of beef, seasoned with dried chili and topped with grated cheese and fresh, roughly chopped onions. The Texas chili is similar to a beef stew except it is spicier with no distinct sweetness. The Tex-Mex version of chili contains beans.
Fried okra is very popular across the south especially in Texas where the plant grows in abundance. The fried okra is made from sliced okra coated with cornmeal batter. The vegetable is then deep fried and served as a snack or as a side dish. Frying the vegetable is important because it masks the slime in the vegetable that some people do not like.
Brisket tacos are simply slow-roasted barbecued beef brisket in a taco. Tex-Mex dishes are very popular in the region. The dish is prepared by adding slices of slow-cooked brisket, chopped onions, cilantro in a warm corn or flour tortilla. The tacos are then topped with cheese. Brisket tacos are eaten as snacks and even as a breakfast food.
Texas is one of the major producers of pecan in the world. So it makes sense that pecan is the official nut of the state. Pecan pie is as Texan as you can get. Virtually all restaurant has their own version of this sweet, tasty dessert.
Nothing like a bottle of Dr. Pepper to wash down all that yummy Texan foods! Dr. Pepper is Texas’ answer to Coke, which was developed at the Morrison’s Old Corner Drugstore in Waco in 1885. This drink is made from sugar cane instead of high fructose corn syrup. 100 years since it was manufactured, Dr. Pepper is still more popular than ever.