9 of the Best Things to Eat in Texas

Posted April 15, 2022 by in Lifestyle
Plate of beef tacos on flour tortillas with a cold Lone Star Rio Jade beer on top of a rustic wood outdoor table

If you’re ever in Texas, you’ll want to know what the best foods are. From barbecue to Tex-Mex, there’s something for everyone. 

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most popular and delicious foods that Texas has to offer. So whether you’re a local or just visiting for a while, be sure to check out these nine dishes!

A giant ostrich cowboy boot with spurs outside The Big Texan Steak House in Amarillo, Texas, USA.

  1. Brisket

This is probably the most iconic Texas food there is. It’s a type of beef that’s slow-smoked and then barbecued, and it’s absolutely delicious. If you’re looking for something hearty and filling, brisket is definitely the dish for you. 

Depending on where you are in Texas, your brisket might come with sauce on the side —which is an interesting point of disagreement among many Texas barbecue aficionados. Some say the sauce enhances the meat, while the others prefer to allow the flavor of the meat to shine. 

  1. Ribs

Another staple of Texas food is pork ribs. Slow-smoked, and fall-off-the-bone tender. The same sauce rules apply —but if you’re a tourist just passing through, most will understand. 

  1. Homemade sausage

Sausage isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think of barbecue —unless you’re from Texas!  This is a must-try for anyone who loves barbecue. 

It’s usually made from beef, but sometimes they’ll mix in pork for flavor. Either way, make sure you add a link or two to your barbecue plate while you’re visiting Texas!

  1. Kolaches 

Kolaches are a Czech pastry that made its way to Texas in the 1800s, and we’re so glad it did! They’re basically a yeast dough filled with fruit. The most common flavors are prune, poppy seed, cream cheese, and apricot, but you can also find kolaches filled with everything from various meats and cheeses to pie filling. 

Kolaches make for a great breakfast or snack, so if you see them on a menu while you’re out and about, make sure to give them a try! 

  1. Chicken-fried steak

This might be one of the most Texan things on this list. Chicken-fried steak is essentially a steak that’s been breaded and fried, similar to chicken tenders. But don’t let the name fool you —it’s definitely not light! 

It’s often served with mashed potatoes and doused with homemade gravy. If you’ve got an empty stomach and need some real Texas comfort food, chicken-fried steak is the way to go. 

  1. Chili con carne

Did you know that the official state food of Texas is chili? Yep —since 1977! This is another popular dish in Texas, and is a serious business. There are all sorts of variations on chili, but they’re all typically made with meat, beans, and chili peppers. 

Texas chili focuses on the flavor of the beef and chili peppers, so if you’re into a little heat with your meat, Texas chili is the perfect dish to try. 

  1. Cannabis Edibles

Whether you’re looking for cookies, muffins, candies, or coffee, there’s a cannabis-infused version waiting for you in Texas. Recreational use is still illegal in Texas, but if you have a medical marijuana license, you’re free to pick and choose which cannabis treats work best for you! 

To learn more about how you can acquire a medical marijuana license in Texas, check out this page on Veriheal. 

  1. Tex-Mex

You can’t get real Tex-Mex anywhere else, so make sure you do so while you’re in the Lone Star State! When you look at a tex-mex menu, it might be hard to tell the difference between it and any other Mexican restaurant, but we’re here to tell you the clear difference. Flour and cheese. 

You know Americans love bread and cheese, so naturally, on a Tex-mex menu, most (if not all) of the dishes will feature flour tortillas (occasionally corn), and lots of cheese. 

  1. Shrimp and grits

This dish is popular all along the Gulf Coast, but Texas does it best. It’s usually made with Cajun spices, andouille sausage, and lots of cheese. The shrimp is cooked in a creamy sauce and served on top of grits (a type of cornmeal). 

It might seem like an odd combination, but trust us, it’s delicious! If you’re looking for something new and exciting to try while you’re in Texas, be sure to order up a plate of shrimp and grits.

There are so many amazing foods to try in Texas, for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re into barbecue or sweets, there’s something for everyone in the Lone Star State. So make sure you add at least a few of these dishes to your list next time you visit!

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