Get Your Cheese On: Tex-Mex Quiz
by Staff
Sure, you've eaten Tex-Mex before, but how much do you really know about the food and its history? Drool your way through our Tex-Mex quiz.

Defenders of Tex-Mex cuisine like to think of the fare as what?

  • American regional cuisine
  • Spanish cuisine
  • Mexican cuisine

True or false: "Frijoles refritos" translates to "refried beans."

  • true
  • false

Several restaurants in which city claim to have invented the chimichanga?

  • Tuscon, Ariz.
  • Los Angeles
  • Dallas, Texas

Who said this of Tex-Mex: "It is native, for it does not exist elsewhere. It was born on this soil. But it is foreign in that its inspiration came from an alien cuisine"?

  • Robb Walsh
  • Julia Child
  • Waverly Root

True or false: The enchilada with chili gravy sauce is considered by many to be the quintessential Tex-Mex dish.

  • true
  • false

What is the Scoville scale?

  • a measure of the fat in processed cheese
  • a measure of the vitamins in fruits
  • a measure of the pungency of chili peppers

According to the Scoville scale, what is the mildest pepper?

  • pablano
  • sweet bell
  • red chili

True or false: Tex-Mex's roots can be traced back to the city of San Antonio and some women called "chili queens."

  • true
  • false

True or false: Tex-Mex is considered to be one of the earliest American regional cuisines.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Yellow, American cheese is a defining ingredient in the history of Tex-Mex cuisine?

  • true
  • false

True or false: We have the cowboys of the Wild West to thank for beef fajitas.

  • true
  • false

Which of these is Tex-Mex's answer to breakfast?

  • fajitas
  • huevos rancheros
  • chimichangas

Which type of bean will let you know you're eating Tex-Mex rather than Mexican cuisine?

  • pinto
  • black bean
  • lima bean

True or False: The chimichanga is a fried enchilada.

  • true
  • false

What does "con carne" translate to in English?

  • with peppers
  • with cheese
  • with meat

Which type of tortilla are you likely to find at Tex-Mex restaurants?

  • flour
  • corn
  • wheat

Besides yellow cheese and white flour, what else did America contribute to Tex-Mex?

  • ground beef
  • chile peppers
  • black beans

Tortillas filled with cheese and other ingredients, then folded in half and grilled or fried are called what?

  • chimichangas
  • quesadillas
  • enchiladas

"Salsa" is the Spanish word for what?

  • tomato
  • gravy
  • sauce

How are puffy tacos made?

  • tortillas are grilled
  • tortillas are dropped in hot oil
  • tortillas are baked

Authentic Texas chili doesn't contain what?

  • beans
  • jalapenos
  • black pepper