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25 Foods Texas Does Better Than Anywhere Else

Because chips without queso is blasphemous.

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1. Fajitas

Fajitas originated from the Spanish ranch hands of South and West Texas. Skirt steak served on a skillet with veggies, and chesse = pure perfection.

5. Sweet Tea

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The oldest known recipe for sweet tea comes from a community cookbook that originated in Texas. You haven't lived until you've had this served in a mason jar on a hot summer day.

7. Chicken Fried Steak

With origins in the Texas Hill Country, this traditional dish only comes in two sizes, large and Texas-sized.

8. Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast a lot of other places may mean pancakes and eggs. In Texas it means breakfast tacos. You can combine ingredients like eggs, potato, cheese, beans, onions, and chicharrones any number of ways to make the perfect breakfast.

9. Blueberry Cobbler

The Texan version of this Southern dish starts with batter on the bottom mixed with blueberries and more batter on top. This sweet treat is the perfect way to end any meal.

12. Frito Pie

Originated in Dallas, this treat in a bag is a staple at many football games throughout the state.

14. King Ranch Casserrole

This casserole consisting of tomatoes, green chiles, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, diced bell pepper, and chicken can feed even a Texas-sized appetite.

15. Chile con Queso

This mix of chili peppers and cheese is typically served as an appetizer in many Tex-Mex restaurants. What better way to start your meal?

17. Cheese Enchiladas

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Enchiladas come in many varieties, but Texans were among the first to smother them in cheese. Tortillas filled with cheese, vegetables, and your choice of meat. The road to addiction is paved with cheese enchiladas.

18. Frozen Margaritas

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Mariano's Mexican Cuisine in Dallas was the restaurant that first invented the frozen beverage. The first frozen margarita machine was even donated to the Smithsonian. What's not to like about an alcoholic slushie?

20. Texas Caviar

The Texas version of this high class dish includes black-eyed peas, corn, avocado and mango. It is a lot less expensive than actual caviar, and it's great with tortilla chips.

21. Hamburgers

The great American hamburger is actually a Texas original. Uncle Fletch made the first version of the hamburger in Athens, Texas during the late 1880s. You're welcome.

22. Chimichangas

The chimichagna was thought to have been invented in Texas when a restaurant worker accidentally dropped a burrito into a deep fryer. This delicious deep fried burrito is crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

23. Do-nuts

Shipley's emphasizes freshness to the point where they make sure your do-nut is always warm when you eat it. Many locations are also open 24/7.

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