80-1) [1970s] "In the good old days, Texans went to "Mexican restaurants" and ate "Mexican food." Then in 1972, The Cuisines of Mexico, an influential cookbook by food authority Diana Kennedy, drew the line between authentic interior Mexican food and the "mixed plates" we ate at "so-called Mexican restaurants" in the United States.Kennedy and her friends in the food community began referring to Americanized Mexican food as "Tex-Mex," a term previously used to describe anything that was half-Texan and half-Mexican.There are several foods closely related to bunuelos and churros: sopaipillas & fry bread.In other countries, simliar recipes evolved as doughnuts, funnel cake, and waffles.Dozens of Tex-Mex restaurants sprang up in Paris, and the trend spread across Europe and on to Bangkok, Buenos Aires and Abu Dhabi.Tortilla chips, margaritas and chili con carne are now well-known around the world." --- Houston Post, 6 part series, all online: Los Angeles Times Cookbook: Old Time California, Mexican and Spanish Recipes  History & evolution: Recommended books: America's First Cuisines, Sophie D.
Linguists remind us words are often used for several years before they appear in print. "Tex-Mex food might be described as native foreign food, contradictory through that term may seem, It is native, for it does not exist elsewhere; it was born on this soil.329-330) About churros "At every Spanish festival or carnival, one is sure to find a huge cauldron of bubbling oil where Churros are quickly fried, shaped into loops, and threaded into reeds that are then knotted for easy carrying.They are meant to be purchased immediately after frying, usually by the dozens, and are munched on by visitors as they wander about taking tin the sights.342) [NOTE: this book has a recipe for churros, we can send you a copy if you like] RECOMMENDED READING: The Foods and Wines of Spain/Penelope Casas ---recipes for several different kinds of bunuelos; pages introducing desserts (p. Now a popular dish in many restaurants and taco stands in California and Texas are northern burritos, which are made by folding a flour tortilla around a mound of re-fried beans, seasoned to taste with chili." ---Oxford English Dictionary, 22nd edition Burros?340-1) sum up the ingredients used and holiday connections. Our regional cookbooks confirm "burros" are indeed a larger version of "burritos" in Arizona and surrounding areas.