‘Tex Mex’ vs. ‘Authentic’: Who ya got?
While in Fort Worth, Texas, Molly McKinney stopped by Salsa Limon. In the land of Tex Mex, this place is cooking up authentic tacos just like they do in Mexico City.
These delicious, fresh tacos are a major hit. Though there’s still something to be said for the old-school style of traditional Tex Mex.
Frank Sigala, the owner of Salsa Limon, says that “the Tex Mex feel is that it takes more towards the fried side. You have queso and all these ingredients, like a pizzeria equivalent of the taco.” Interesting.
If that’s the case, then what does an authentic Mexico City taco taste like? A Mexico City taco has all sorts of fresh ingredients that are traditional in Mexico, and that you won’t see in America.
Salsa Limon is a special restaurant because they take recipes that have existed for centuries and deliver them again and again. They serve authentic Mexican tacos in a place where you’d normally be catered with Tex Mex.
After explaining the differences between the two, Frank shows us the process they use to cook one of their signature dishes, El Capitan.
The first thing they do is get the tortilla buttered on both sides and on the grill. Next, they top it with cheese and let it sit for a second before flipping the tortilla. This melts some of the cheese onto the inside of the tortilla.
Next on the list is adding the toppings to the tortilla. Starting with some carne asada (grilled and sliced beef), onions, cilantro, pickled cabbage, and spritzing some lime on top. All of these make for an unbelievably good taco.
So what’s the verdict: Are you team authentic or team Tex Mex?