Texas also has staples brought by German and Czech immigrants and passed down through the generations.

1. Fajitas

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Fajitas. Photo: taste of home

Fajitas is a popular Tex-Mex dish made from marinated, grilled skirt steak that is served in a wheat flour tortilla. The earliest printed mention of the word fajita referring to food appeared in 1975, and ten years later it had become one of the most popular dishes of Tex-Mex cuisine.

The word fajita is derived from the Spanish faja, meaning girdle or strip, referring to a cheap cut of beef covering the diaphragm that was considered somewhat undesirable by many locals. In the 1940s, Mexican ranch workers used to tenderize the skirt steak by pounding and marinating it in lime juice before cooking it over an open fire and serving the meat in a wheat tortilla along with numerous condiments.

Today, fajitas can be filled with grilled chicken, shrimp, and even vegetables, because the more popular the dish became, the less likely it was to be made with skirt steak. Typical condiments include ingredients such as lettuce, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, or guacamole.

2. Chili con Carne

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Chili con Carne. Photo: Photo: taste of home

Although some may think that chili con carne is an authentic Mexican dish, it is actually an original American dish, made only in a few places in Mexico in order to cater to the tourists. If the dish were Mexican, it would still be a staple on the Mexican menus throughout the country, since traditional dishes do not go away that easily in Mexico, cited by Tasteatlas.

Chili con carne is a meat-based stew consisting of finely chopped beef, hot chiles, seasonings, and water, although the ingredients that go in a chili are a subject of endless debates. Purists insist that there are no tomatoes or beans in a real chili, although many others beg to differ.

3. Breakfast Tacos

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Breakfast Tacos. Photo: taste of home

This Lone Star culinary treasure is quite simple – a tortilla stuffed with traditional breakfast ingredients, depending on personal preferences: processed yellow cheese, pork, and eggs are just some of the most common ingredients used in the preparation of breakfast tacos.

However, there is a huge food fight regarding this taco variety, with Austin and San Antonio both claiming the dish as their own. It is speculated that breakfast tacos were a staple in San Antonio a long time ago, but locals used to simply call it breakfast, while Austin had given the dish its current name.

With a dish so simple and delicious, shouldn’t we agree that breakfast tacos are simply and truly Texan?

4. Texas-Style Barbecue

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Texas-Style Barbecue. Photo: taste of home

Texas-style barbecue is an American barbecue style that can be divided into 4 separate subcategories: Central Texas, East Texas, South Texas, and West Texas barbecue.

The best-known variety is the Central Texas-style that originated in the Czech and German meat markets in the late 19th century.

This barbecue style is typically associated with cooking brisket (the fattier portion is called point, while the leaner portion is called flat) low and slow, usually over post oak fire. The meat is seasoned with salt, pepper, and maybe a bit of cayenne or garlic powder.

5. Corn Dog

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Corn Dog. Photo: Dinner at the Zoo

Although there is nothing considered healthy about a corn dog, consisting of processed meat on a stick that is dipped in cornmeal batter and deep-fried, it is a wildly popular snack throughout the United States of America. Corn dogs are typically found at county fairs, carnivals, sports arenas, food courts in malls, and roadside eateries.

This flavorful snack was first popularized by Neil Fletcher at the Texas State Fair in 1942, although the vendors at the Minnesota State Fair claim that they invented it in 1941 when it was known as a Pronto Pup. Today, corn dogs are often eaten with yellow mustard, pickles, sauerkraut, or mayonnaise, and there are numerous varieties of the snack throughout the world, namely in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Convenient, simple, and hard to resist, corn dogs even have their own day, known as the National Corndog Day, occurring on the first Saturday of March Madness (basketball championship) every year.

Bananas Foster

This dish was originally invented at legendary Louisiana restaurant Brennan's, but it's served at Brennan's sister restaurant in Houston and has made its way onto menus and into homes across Texas. This show-stopper makes the perfect ending to a romantic dinner, as the daily meal.