Texas may be one of the most stereotyped states in America, but there’s way more to the Lone Star State than everything that’s bigger, cowboys, and barbecue.
Don’t get us wrong — food is very important in Texas. Although they usually get recognition for Southern staples like chicken-fried steak, the credit sometimes falls through the cracks. And given the state’s location and proximity to Mexico, some of Texas’ neighbors get the kudos for things actually invented within the state’s borders.
The following list contains a collection of food for which Texas deserves to be acknowledged, and it also includes some beverages and related retailers too. As with most origin stories, details are sometimes scarce and vehemently debated, but when the general consensus points to America’s second largest and second most populated state, we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. After all, we wouldn’t want to mess with Texas.