In a state as large and diverse as Texas, the food we eat is almost guaranteed to be influenced from places across state border lines. Buzzfeed staff recently compiled a quiz titled "If you’ve eaten 20/28 of these foods then you’re a True Texan," which has some online questioning its legitimacy.  

Texas’ geography means it’s natural for some largely regional and cultural foods to all exist in one state. It takes almost 12 hours to drive Interstate 10 from El Paso’s border with Mexico (and New Mexico) to Orange, which borders Louisiana. So while it’s nice to attribute these culinary delights to the Lone Star State, it isn’t exactly accurate since so many have origins or share identities with regions nearby.

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Queso, steak fajitas, enchiladas and other items classified under "Mexican food" can be found along many border states (California, for example). Funnel cake is a staple of carnival cuisine. Residents of the Deep South may gasp at the thought of sweet iced tea and fried okra associated specifically with one state. 

Commenters were quick to point out how available many of the foods were outside of Texas. 






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