Pronunciation Guide to Names

Pronunciation Guide to Mexican and Tex-Mex Food

Come down to Central Texas and you'll find a Mexican restaurant on almost every corner. They serve a delicious fusion of Mexican and Texas cuisine known as Tex-Mex. This pronunciation guide will help you navigate the menu at your next visit to a Mexican restaurant.


  • Salsa - A condiment typically made with tomatoes, onion, pepper
  • Guacamole - A condiment made from mashed avacado and spices
  • Chili con Queso (or just plain 'Queso') - A sauce made with cheese and spices-- usually served with tortilla chips
  • Pico de Gallo - A salsa made from fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, and peppers
  • Quesadilla - A delicious appetizer consisting of meat and/or cheese layered between two tortillas
  • Nachos - Tortilla chips topped with cheese sauce and other tasty things-- meat, beans, peppers, etc


  • Migas - Scrambled eggs-- scrambled with sauteed onions, peppers, and tortilla chips
  • Huevos Rancheros - Literally: "eggs ranch-style"-- typically fried eggs served with tortillas and salsa


  • Tortilla - A flat bread made with either wheat flour or corn flour
  • Fajita - Marinated and grilled chicken or beef, usually served on a sizzling skillet
  • Taco - A Tex-Mex sandwich-- made with a tortilla, folded and filled with almost anything (chicken, beef, shrimp, fish, beans, etc)
  • Enchilada - Tortillas stuffed with a filling (typically meat or cheese) and smothered in sauce and cheese
  • Burrito - A large tortilla wrapped around various fillings-- meat (chicken, beef, pork), rice, beans, lettuce, tomatos, salsa, and many other delicious things.
  • Carnitas - A Tex-mex pork roast
  • Chimichanga - A deep fried burrito
  • Flauta - A small tortilla wrapped with a filling and fried until crisp
  • Tamale - Corn masa dough (possibly with a filling), wrapped in a corn husk and steamed
  • Frijoles - Pinto beans
  • Borracho - A delicious, soupy, bean dish-- cooked with beer, pork, peppers
  • Chili Relleno - A large pepper (like a Poblano) stuffed cheese, meat, and spices
  • Carne Guisada - Stewed beef served over rice


  • Mole - A dark brown sauce made from dried chili peppers, spices, and chocalate.
  • Verde - A tomatillo-based, green sauce


  • Chorizo - Spicy pork sausage
  • Pollo - Chicken
  • Poblano - A large, mild chili pepper, slightly more spicy than a bell pepper (3-6 inches long)
  • Ancho - A dried Poblano pepper
  • Jalapeņo - A small to medium sized variety of chili pepper (2-3 inches long)
  • Chipotle - A smoked and dried jalapeņo pepper
  • Serrano - A narrow, small to medium sized variety of chili pepper
  • Habanero - One of hottest chili pepper varieties (1-2 inches long)
  • Tomatillo - A small green fruit in the tomato family-- used in Tex-Mex green sauces
  • Cilantro - A herb. The leaves are used in Tex-Mex cooking. The seeds are known as 'coriander'.


  • Flan - A delicious custard. When in Austin, go to Zuzus for some great flan.

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