17 Things Tejanos Know to be True
Flaming Hot Cheetos are the best, big (hair) is beautiful, … there are plenty of things Tejanos know all too well. Whether you live in El Paso, Houston or San Antonio, it’s likely we can agree that these 17 truths are all too real.
1. There is only one Selena that we’ll (still) do anything for.
And her last name is Quintanilla.
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2. The best treats come from the fruteria.
Mangonadas, fruit cups, strawberries and cream … you get the picture.
3. We speak fluent Spanglish.
We aren’t afraid to use it everywhere. Y lo hablamos perfectly, thank you very much.
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4. Tejano isn’t dead. It’s just evolved a little bit.
Thank the return of girl groups, urban style influence and fearless genre mixing for its staying power.
5. Cumbias get the party going.
Whether you are at a wedding, quinceañera or business conference, you can always count on it to pack the dance floor.
6. The bigger the hair, cowboy hat or belt buckle, the better.
We don’t do anything small.
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7. We know all the words to Amarillo by Morning and Amor Prohibido.
Classic country (the good kind) and puro Tejano is match made in Tex-Mex heaven. You’re still likely to hear both at a wedding.
8. If you haven’t started the fire for the brisket by 7 AM, it’s too late.
Perfection takes time.
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9. One of your tios loves this song.
Or maybe your dad. Or maybe it’s you.
10. You’ve been eating chamoy since you were a kid, but can’t describe it.
Candy sauce? Spicy jelly? However you describe it, it’s delicious.
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11. Easter be like.
We love our cascarones, and we are ruthless.
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12. When it comes to beer, well dressed is best.
As Julieta Venegas says: “yo te quiero con limon y sal” … and maybe tajín and maybe a little chamoy.
13. Micheladas are perfect hangover remedies.
They’re also perfect brunch drinks, summer drinks, pre-game drinks (you get the idea)
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14. There’s a right and a wrong way to do Tex-Mex.
Yes it’s a hybrid cuisine and not necessarily authentic to Mexican food, but there’s a limit. Breakfast tacos, yes. Enchilada casserole, no … just, no.
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15. There are only 3 seasons: Summer, Ultra Summer and Allergy Season*
You may also have a coat for that one week or two when you wake up to frosty weather. By the late afternoon, it’s 60 degrees.
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16. Being Mexican American isn’t always easy.
Ultimately, though, we get the best of both worlds.
17. But, there’s no place like home.
And we wouldn’t have it any other way.