Ha, Old El Paso is about as Mexican as Taco Bell.

Tex-Mex is definitely a fusion cuisine. Cumin was brought in from the Mediterranean (probably specifically by Moroccan spice traders, when we’re talking Texas), cheddar cheese is English, periodically using flour instead of corn was a way to appeal to the Germans if I remember right, beef cattle were brought in by the Spanish, and obviously chiles and tomatoes and pinto beans were straight up indigenous American.

Yet it weirds me out when people call Chipotle “Mexican food,” even though I guess “burrito” is pretty unarguable.

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