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The Tex-Mex cuisine, as the very name suggests is a combination of the Texan and the Mexican cuisines which offers one of the most unique arrays of food that one might ever come across. The Tex-Mex is a classic example of fusion cuisine, with the only difference being that here the Tex-Mex is no longer is in the experimental or the Fusion cuisine stage, for it has now been established as a separate cuisine with its own recipes and ingredients. Fusion cuisine, as the very name suggests offers a potpourri of cuisines and a diverse blend of tastes in its dishes. It is generally the combination of the features and ingredients of two or more distinct cuisines. Fusion cuisine, as it has come to be known was the result of culinary globalization and was referred to as the new world cuisine, the new American cuisine and the new Australian cuisine. The refined and evolved form of these references is the fusion cuisine, which in its crude form originated in the 1970s. The spark that set off the idea of the fusion cuisine was the nouvelle cuisine, a French innovation that mixed the ingredients and the elements of the cuisines of the French and the Japanese. However, its major areas of development was in Australia and in the United States, where as a result of a broad immigration history and the blend of a diverse range of cuisines, there was no set cuisine and thus the very concept of fusion cuisine. As a result more and more traditional cuisines of various nations and various spatially distinct cuisines came to be pooled in to form dishes and recipes that were either equally delicious or as is in most cases even better. The cuisine, based on how the fusion was done is categorized into various types. The most common type of fusion cuisine is the regional or the sub-regional fusion cuisine where the combination is that of different cuisines of a region, thereby bringing a diverse eating experience into on single whole and the Tex-Mex is one such classic example of fusion cuisine bringing together two different cuisines to make it a single whole, a perfectly synchronized unit and a completely new type of cuisine. Some of the famous Tex-Mex dishes include the Anticuchos which is a Tex-Mex Shish-ka-bob that is usually prepared with sirloin chunks that have been marinated in a jalapeño and tomato mixture, skewered, then grilled over a hot mesquite fire and is one of the largest consumed dishes in the Tex-Mex cuisine. The Arroz is one of the most famous Tex-Mex staples. It is otherwise known as Spanish rice, and is prepared by browning the white, uncooked rice in a little oil and butter and then adding chopped onions, garlic, and bell peppers to it following which cumin, chili powder, tomato’‘s, salt and pepper are added which is followed by water and then covered and let to simmer for 30 minutes. There are the Bolillos which is yet another famous Tex-Mex dish and is otherwise known as the Mexican rolls which are usually about six inches in length. The Bolillos generally take a back seat to tortillas which are quite often used for sandwiches in both Mexican and Tex-Mex cooking. Some of the herbs used in cooking the various Tex-Mex cuisine dishes include the Cilantro also known as Chinese parsley. It is a green and highly aromatic spice that exudes a somewhat bitter taste which the spice acquires overtime. The Cilantro leaves are finely chopped and are used as a condiment and as an ingredient in Tex-Mex dishes. The Cilantro stems can be chopped and used in soups, beans, or anything that is simmered for a while. The seed it produces at full maturity is the Coriander and is sold as the whole seed or as is in most cases, ground. Yet another spice that is used in making most of the dishes that one finds the exquisite range of dishes in the Tex-Mex cuisine are is the Cumino that is the cumin. This is the spice used to make the carne guisada which is the Mexican Beef Stew and it is the cumin that gives out the distinctive taste and flavor in the dish. Yet another ingredient that is used quite often in Tex-Mex is the avocado mixture that is made from ripened avocado’‘s and lemon or lime juice, diced onion and tomato, cilantro. The guacamole is prepared by mixing either by hand or with a fork till consistency is attained which isvery small chunks of avocado. The one ingredient that beats all the others used in preparing the many dishes of the Tex-Mex are the Jalapenos which are otherwise referred to as the Texas sweet pickle. The Jalapenos are peppers that turn from green to red at maturity, and average at about two inches in length. The hot that one gets, from eating Jalapenosis due of the seed and the membranes which contain the elements that adds to the heat factor.The jalapeño’‘s generally hit the six to seven on the heatscale. The jalapeño is the most used pepper in Tex-Mex cooking, with serrano peppers coming in second. Puerco that is the pork is the Spanish, Tex-Mex, and Mexican term for the other white meat. The Puerco, that is pork is widely used in Tex-Mex cooking, with the most famous dish being the regularTamales , which is a corn masa dough surrounding the meat mixture which is wrapped in a corn husk and is then steamed to cook the masa.Queso follows the use of Puerco, as an ingredient in the Tex-Mex cooking. Queso refers to the cheese used in Tex-Mex cooking wherecheddar of any variety is the first choice of ingredient when it comes to cheese. This is one of the striking differences between the Mexican cuisine and the Tex-Mex cuisine. In the Mexican cuisine the goat’‘s cheese is used for traditional dishes while in thein the Tex-Mex cuisine thecheddar, Monterrey Jack, and even American cheese is the cheese of choice for the dishes. One of the most famous Tex-Mex dishes parading around unknown is the Tacos, which is the Tex-Mex sandwich that is consumed as an entree or as snacks in large amounts and are prepared with soft corn tortillas and are fried corn tortillas that are folded over, or are made with hot, flour tortillas. When it comes to tortillas what is commonly an omelet for the Spanish is a round, thin bread made of either corn flour or wheat flour for the Tex-Mex cuisine. The Tex-Mex cuisine has adopted a wide range of dishes from not just the Texan and the Mexican cultures and cuisines but from cultures and cuisines all over the world and as a result has come up with a spattering of dishes and tastes that keeps the patrons of the Tex-Mex variety of foods coming back for more. The Tex-Mex is one of the growing varieties of cuisines that has proven to be one of most revolutionary and exquisite food dishes in the International cuisines and has also proven to be the most unique of the Fusion cuisine that are found all around the world.