Did you know TexMex was not always used to describe food? TexMex “originally began as an abbreviation for the Texas and Mexican Railroad, chartered in 1875.” Tex-Mex started to make its way to larger audiences for the first time starting in San Antonio in the 1880s. This was “largely thanks to the cheap, delicious food dished out by a group of women known as the “chili queens” in the city’s plazas.” Then the entree plate began to emerge, where they would serve an entree with rice and beans on the side, which became a very popular dish among Mexican restaurants in Texas.
Pruitt, Sarah. “Tracing the History of Tex-Mex.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 16 June 2015, www.history.com/news/tracing-the-history-of-tex-mex.