Smith [Mexican American Food] Pre-Hispanic Cooking, Ana M. fritters were known to many cultures and cuisines; each evolving according to local tastes and customs.
These foods were introduced to Mexico by Spanish settlers.
In Uruapan..are broken into small pieces and heated\ quickly in a thick syrup of piloncillo, the raw sugar of Mexico.
Coe American Food: The Gastronomic Story, Evan Jones [chapter III "Padres and Conquistadores"] Cuisines of Mexico, Diana Kennedy Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F.
Mariani [separate entries for specific foods--fajita, tamale, chalupa...] Food Culture in Mexico, Long-Solis& Vargas The History of Food, Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, "The History of Cereals, Maize in the West" (pages 164-176) New Mexico Cooking: Southwestern Flavors of the Past and Present, Clyde Casey Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Mexico] Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Andrew J. Pilcher The Story of Corn, Betty Fussell You Eat What You Are, Thelma-Barer-Stein ("Mexico") The history of bunuelos and churros can be traced to ancient peoples.
There are several foods closely related to bunuelos and churros: sopaipillas & fry bread.
In other countries, simliar recipes evolved as doughnuts, funnel cake, and waffles.
Dictionaries and food history sources confirm the first print evidence of the term "Tex Mex" occured in the 1940s.
Linguists remind us words are often used for several years before they appear in print. "Tex-Mex food might be described as native foreign food, contradictory through that term may seem, It is native, for it does not exist elsewhere; it was born on this soil.
Texas-Mexican restaurant owners considered it an insult.
By a strange twist of fate, the insult launched a success.
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The combination platter of enchiladas, tacos, and tortillas became the unvarying standards of the Tex-Mex menu, while new dishes like chimichangas (supposedly invented in the the 1950s at El Charro restaurant in Tucson, Arizona) and nachos (supposedly first served at a consession at Dallas's State Fair of Texas in 1964...) were concocted to please the American palate....