Definition of Tex-Mex in US English:



  • (especially of cooking and music) having a blend of Mexican and southern American features originally characteristic of the border regions of Texas and Mexico.

    • ‘Customers who've moved away pine for a Lila's Tex-Mex fix, confide the regulars, and rush to the restaurant the moment they return for a visit, tanking up on all the red and green salsa they can ingest.’
    • ‘Madame had ordered a Queen size New York strip steak, medium rare, while I went for the Tex-Mex dish of blackened chicken fajita.’
    • ‘Culinary folklorists now trace Tex-Mex cooking all the way back to the state's Native American peoples and to Juan de Onate's colonists who first brought European livestock to El Paso in 1581.’
    • ‘Take time to enjoy the sights, experience some Tex-Mex cooking, and explore the culture and heritage of the city.’
    • ‘The regular menu includes pizza, salads, other sandwiches and Tex-Mex items such as quesadillas.’
    • ‘Seems the ensemble members all write and sing as well, resulting in a gripping collection of rags, country ditties and Tex-Mex tearjerkers.’
    • ‘Hungry customers gorged on Tex-Mex food and washed it down with beer or margaritas.’
    • ‘Oh, and the accordion of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo adds Tex-Mex spice to ‘Please Let Me Stay a Little Longer.’’
    • ‘I've always loved the Tex-Mex sound and knew a few musicians who had a similar passion so I asked them to join me.’
    • ‘Later, treat yourself to dinner at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, another local favorite for its Tex-Mex menu and potent top-shelf margaritas.’
    • ‘In Texas, the first thing to hit me was the iconography - of the cowboy, the Southwest, and the landscape, along with rich Tex-Mex culture represented by the Mariachi bands.’
    • ‘His solo albums, explorations of ‘world music’ long before such a term existed, have featured Hawaiian slack-key guitars, Tex-Mex accordions, and Indian flutes.’
    • ‘The tune was also adapted to regional music genres like the Tex-Mex flavor of Texas, salsa in New York, and the mana-style rhythms of California.’
    • ‘Los Lonely Boys are a hard-working, hard-rocking Tex-Mex trio with an incendiary take on barroom blues.’
    • ‘Somewhat akin to Tex-Mex tejano and banda styles, ranchera norteña sways with sweeping vocals, accordions, and the full gamut of synthesized sounds.’
    • ‘Mexican Standoff wanders along the Tex-Mex musical border; Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a more straight-ahead roots rock break-up record and Got No Strings sets a bunch of Disney classics to a country and western groove.’
    • ‘Yeah, that will be good, I'll have an avocado topped off with whole sour cream and a family sized starter of Tex-Mex nachos please, with extra cheese and more guacamole.’
    • ‘Cafe Oren, in the same street, offers light vegetarian dishes in a stylish setting, and Los Cucarachas is a popular Tex-Mex restaurant which fills up most nights, so get there early.’
    • ‘Next stop, and a first for me, was to be San Antonio and a few days at that Texas city's big annual Fiesta, with mariachi music, the river walk, El Mercado, great Tex-Mex food - what more could anyone ask for?’
    • ‘San Antonio prides itself on being the birthplace of Tex-Mex cooking and there are plenty of places where you can enjoy it.’


  • 1Tex-Mex music or cooking.

    • ‘The menu featured Tex-Mex, naturally, and lots of seafood, which seemed strange given the setting.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, as we've looked east to China, India and Thailand for our taste of the exotic, Latin American cuisine has been notable by its absence in this part of the world, save for the odd splash of Tex-Mex.’
    • ‘Ravago co-founded Fonda San Miguel 28 years ago in Austin, Texas, an island of authentic food from Mexico's interior in an inland sea of Tex-Mex.’
    • ‘Mestizaje undergirds the complex patterns of hybridity Tex-Mex, conjunto, crossover etc. - that have propelled Hispanic musics into the popular-music mainstream of North America.’
    • ‘Much of the menu is Tex-Mex, but, refreshingly, you won't see a single cactus logo or silly hat anywhere.’
    • ‘The music will feature a homegrown hybrid of Tex-Mex and polka called waila, or chicken scratch.’
    • ‘They know the clubhouse attendant will serve Tex-Mex at least once and that the pizza he brings in is as good as any in the big leagues.’
    • ‘We do not serve Tex-Mex at the Old Mexico restaurant.’
    • ‘The city is well known for its regional flavors including Mexican, Tex-Mex, and barbecue.’
    • ‘On ‘Wild Card’ he conjures up the ghost of Hank Williams, and even tackles some zydeco and Tex-Mex on ‘Oh Fait Pitie d' Amour.’’
    • ‘For some reason, Mexican food (and Tex-Mex for that matter) has had a hard time catching on, and for lovers of good Mexican and Tex-Mex, Berryhill must be a godsend.’
    • ‘By convincing us that Tex-Mex wasn't really Mexican food, she forced us to realize that it was something far more interesting: America's oldest regional cuisine.’
    • ‘Here the influences which contribute to the renewed energy of country are evident - the gospel of the Blind Boys of Alabama, the bluegrass of Steve Earle's contribution and the Tex-Mex of Los Super Seven.’
    • ‘But in the past few decades, as globalization has brought Tex-Mex and other spicy foods to palates accustomed to more timid fare, tequila has gamed legitimacy and even sophistication.’
    • ‘Mexico is an interracial culture, reflecting Indian and Spanish influences, while what many Americans consider Mexican food is really Tex-Mex and not a favorite of recently arrived Mexicans.’
    • ‘During various visits to Washington he has been known to enjoy Tex-Mex, Chinese and even a hamburger.’
    • ‘There's little pretension at the Bravo and not a drop of Americanized Tex-Mex.’
    • ‘His critics presumably won't listen to the rest of the disc, but they're missing a vibrant, rejuvenated Earle, who grabs fistfuls of Tex-Mex, rock 'n' roll and gutbucket blues and subjects them to a shed-load of studio wizardry.’
    • ‘Such menus often include theme nights like Italian, Cajun and Tex-Mex.’
    • ‘The choice of cafés lining the riverside is dazzling: Tex-Mex, Chinese, Italian, Spanish and Indian all vie to outdo each other on price and size.’
  • 2A variety of Mexican Spanish spoken in Texas.

    • ‘He doesn't speak Spanish, he speaks Tex-Mex. I don't know what that other gibberish is he mumbles at times.’


1940s: blend of Texan and Mexican.