When you save big on cheap tickets to Dallas, you can feel free to splurge on some tempting Tex-Mex dishes. Tex-Mex food is just what it sounds like - an eclectic mix of Texan ingredients and Mexican traditions that is now cherished as one of Dallas’s hottest attractions. Besides all the local Tex-Mex joints, Dallas is also the home of the original frozen margarita and the Chili’s restaurant chain. Sinc e you would be hungry after taking cheap international flights or cheap domestic flights into the city, the many food options would only seem perfect.
The name Tex-Mex comes from the Texas Mexican Railway that was chartered in the late 1900s. Many visitors confuse Tex-Mex with authentic Mexican cuisine, so remember not to say you’re eating Mexican food unless a local has clarified whether your plate is more Mex or Tex-Mex. Some characteristics of most Tex-Mex foods are lots and lots of melted cheese, meat, beans and spices, plus plenty of Mexican-style flour tortillas. Tex-Mex food can certainly be spicy, but it often combines Mexican spices with spices from other areas of the culinary world, like cumin, which is used more in Indian cooking.
A few Tex-Mex starter dishes for you to try after your cheap flights to Dallas are chili con carne, chili gravy and fajitas. Chili con carne is a spicy stew based on ground beef, tomatoes, and beans. Its name comes from the Spanish words for chili peppers with meat. Today, there are all kinds of variations of chili con carne, including vegetarian chili and white bean chili. Chili gravy is a tasty condiment that blends American-style, flour-based gravy and Mexican chile pepper sauces. Fajitas are as much fun to look at as they are to taste, as they are usually are served still steaming on a hot iron skillet. Fajita ingredients, however, are simple: grilled meat, usually skirt steak or chicken, and grilled bell peppers and onions, served with flour tortillas. You can ask for delicious sides like fresh salsa, pico de gallo, or guacamole, a creamy avocado-based condiment that is a must-taste after your flights to Dallas.
There are more than 50 Tex-Mex restaurants in downtown Dallas, plenty of places to try once you’ve found your cheap flight deals. You can sample some delicious dishes for a wide range of prices, from less expensive than an in-flight meal through prices that are higher than cheap ticket airline fares. Just remember to watch your portion sizes - as they say, everything is bigger in Texas. Enjoy your flights to Dallas and your culinary immersion in the Hispanic-American heritage of central Texas.