Mexican and Tex-Mex Fare

Highlights of this diverse and colorful cuisine.

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Mexican and Tex-Mex FarePenny De Los Santos

Melted cheese, tender shredded meat, fresh chiles—really, what's not to like about Mexican and Tex-Mex food? We're such fans that we seek it out and cook it at home as often as we can. The border town of El Paso is a great place to find Tex-Mex classics like smoky enchiladas, fresh fajitas, and simple, crunchy salads. (Here's a roundup of other Tex-Mex favorites.)

LA, an ideal city in which to sample authentic Mexican food, has no shortage of its own delicious options from bean-packed burritos to roasted kid; this article from Travel and Leisure L.A.'s Best Mexican Restaurants lists the city's must-hit spots. (Another quintessential LA dish is the fried fish taco.)

Of course, nothing goes better with these rich, often hot foods, than an icy cocktail. Here are several margarita varieties to choose from.—Julie Wilson, SAVEUR