10 Signs You Grew Up Eating Food in Southeast Texas

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Photo by Texas State Library and Archives Commission via flickr
Enough said.
Do your non-Texan friends wonder why you call every soda a Coke, even if it's a Dr Pepper? Do they ask you why you only suggest restaurants that serve barbecue, Tex-Mex or comfort food? Or do they have no clue what you're talking about when you say the word "kolache"? These things don't make you weird, they make you awesome, because they make you a Texan.

Embrace these regional foodie characteristics about yourself and take a look at ten more signs that you grew up eating food in Southeast Texas.

10. Tex-Mex Is Your Favorite Food

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
You'll take one of everything on this Tex-Mex spread.

Ever since you were about five years old you have loved tacos, enchiladas, burritos and all chips covered in queso. In fact, you could probably eat Tex-Mex for an entire week without getting tired of it. Breakfast burritos in the morning, followed by tacos for lunch and enchiladas or fajitas for dinner -- that's not weird at at all.

9. No Beans in Your Chili

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Photo by Matthew Dresden
No beans in this chili.

It's just not chili if it contains beans. Whatever those people up north are making is not chili, it's stew. You've been trained to identify those pesky little black and kidney beans before you even take a bite. And if you find them, you're not going to eat it.

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25 comments
Justin Flores
Justin Flores

Props Houston Press. You guys are an ENTERTAINMENT source. And these posts certainly keep me entertained and missing Texas since I moved. So thank you very much.

Shahnaz Davis
Shahnaz Davis

Would like for you to write an on-going series on why, for the majority of Houstonian's , Houston is not such a great place to live, raise a family, or make ends meet. Would like you to address why Parker feels it is necessary to give the City Attorney a $43,000. raise and her staff when Christine Bell was killed by menacing dogs. Seems like the city coffers are there for the people in power to enrich themselves and let the city be damned. This city should be shining but, instead only the city elite's paychecks are shining. We need you !

Gabriel Falcon
Gabriel Falcon

You're so much better than this, Houston Press. Recently posts have been photos and now this. Start posting your great stories again! Come on, man!

DoBianchi
DoBianchi

this is my wife Tracie P to a T! (she's from Orange) Great post Molly! :)

Nick Hall
Nick Hall

I sit at about 70% on this list. About right, since I lived 11 years in Indiana, 22 down here. I gotta say, though: I didn't discover that In N Out > Whataburger until I'd been here for 21 years. It's just true, even though it pains me somewhat to admit.

Julia Polinsky
Julia Polinsky

According to this list, I will *never* be a Texan. My Yankee friends will understand.

Goode Company BBQ
Goode Company BBQ

Pretty much nailed it. Although Gulf-coast seafood is at the top of our list too!

Kathy Stabe
Kathy Stabe

When discussing kolaches, the first things on your list should not be sausage or ham. Those are not real kolaches, delicious as they may be. Should have attended a kolache festival in one of the smaller originally-Czech towns in this state (there are several) and done a little research first. Buc-ee's might be good, but they're hardly true, authentic kolaches. Go find a place where the recipe has been passed down through the family for generations. Like the Original Kolache Shoppe.

Darlene Cox-Wiget
Darlene Cox-Wiget

omg Stacey Swoboda.... I AM turning into a true Texan!!! LOVE IT!!!

Closinhtown
Closinhtown

I grew up in Southeast Texas and love beans in chili. I guess if you grew up in a bubble you ate like this. Luby's by the way is horrible these days and when I think bbq I'm thinking pork ribs.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Putting beans in chile only makes it chile con carne, and it is damn good!

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

I have a correction to Number 8. It should read "You think nothing is too spicy."  Then you go to a Thai or Indian restaurant and cry like a little girl because you can't handle the heat. Let's face it, Tex-Mex is middle of the road when it comes to spice.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@texmex01 

Say what? Carne means meat. I think you meant chili con frijoles or something like that.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

@Bruce_Are @texmex01 negative, in my familia, chile con carne always had frijoles, otherwise it was just chili....

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