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17 Texan Foods Every Non-Texan Needs To Try

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1. Frito Pie

Why you should eat it: Because there's nothing more Texas than Frito pie — especially if the chili and cheese are served inside the bag of Fritos! That's a crunch you don't forget.

Where to get it: Fairs, ball games, and burger joints.

2. Chips & Queso

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Why you should eat it: Because it's a bowl of molten cheese garnished with pico, guac, and beans — and because it gets to the table faster than the entrées!

Where to get it: Any and every Mexican restaurant in the state.

3. Enchiladas

Why you should eat it: Because enchiladas are the cornerstone of Tex-Mex cuisine. There are many different varieties. The big question is: Will you have room for them after all the chips and salsa?

Where to get it: You can find them at any Tex-Mex restaurant, but El Paso has a unique combination of traditional Mexican enchiladas, Tex-Mex enchiladas, and Southwestern green chili enchiladas.

4. Crawfish

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Why you should eat it: Because eating crawfish with your hands is a culinary experience. How many can you wolf down before the spice gets to you?

Where to get it: Backyards, community events, and cajun restaurants in Houston.

5. Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits

Why you should eat it: Because the HBCB, as it's known, is the ultimate sweet and savory sandwich on a biscuit bun, whether you order it for breakfast, early lunch, or late night.

Where to get it: Whataburgers everywhere.

6. Texas Caviar

Why you should eat it: Because this mildly pickled bean dip — featuring black-eyed peas and/or black beans — makes the perfect start to any Texas meal.

Where to get it: Cookouts, picnics, and potlucks.

7. Chicken-fried Steak

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Why you should eat it: Because everything's bigger in Texas, especially the chicken-fried steak. Pro tip: Schedule a nap afterward.

Where to get it: Diners and greasy spoons. But rumor has it, the best chicken fried in the state hails from Livingston, Texas.

8. Kolaches

Why you should eat it: Because sausage, jalapeño, and cheese taste even better when stuffed inside a piping hot Czech pastry bread.

Where to get it: Czech bakeries in the towns of West, La Grange, Ellinger, and Schulenburg, Texas.

9. Pecan Pie

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Why you should eat it: Because Texas has the best pecans anywhere and because ice cream gets lonely and needs a friend.

Where to get it: Grandma's house or the famous pie shops in the towns of Round Top and Marble Falls, Texas.

10. Texas Toast

Why you should eat it: Because Texas toast makes better sandwich handles due to its thickness and buttery crispness. It's like four slices of bread in two gargantuan pieces.

Where to get it: Every Texas diner in the state. The best Texas burger joints offer Texas toast as a bun substitute.

11. Chili

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Why you should eat it: Because Texas no-bean chili has more of what matters; namely, meat.

Where to get it: Chili cook-offs and Texas dinner tables.

12. Every Fried Food at the Texas State Fair

Why you should eat it: Because God gave Texans the deep fat fryer so they could create sinful fried foods that will send your taste buds straight to Heaven.

Where to get it: The Texas State Fair.

13. King Ranch Casserole

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Why you should eat it: Because this chuck wagon combo of chicken, cheddar cheese, green chilies, and crispy tortillas will sate the hunger of any cowboy.

Where to get it: Texas potlucks.

14. Puffy Tacos

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Why you should eat it: Because tacos taste better when the corn tortilla is puffed to perfection, and because this is one regional dish you won't find anywhere else.

Where to get it: San Antonio, Texas — the spiritual home of the puffy taco.

15. Any Food Shaped Like the State of Texas

Why you should eat it: Because it's a scientific fact that foods shaped like Texas taste better. They also have better manners.

Where to get it: Places with Texas waffle irons.

16. Migas

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Why you should eat it: Because no hangover can withstand this soupy mess of eggs, salsa, cheese, tortilla strips, and refried beans.

Where to get it: The best migas joints in the state are located in Austin, Texas. But which is the best of them all...?

17. Breakfast Tacos

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Why you should eat it: Because Texans love breakfast tacos more than anything else on this good green earth.

Where to get it: Gas stations and taco joints. Every Texan has their go-to taco spot and regular order. List yours in the comments below!

Texas has always been home for those who love to roam free.

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