Want the best Mexican food in Austin? Start with these appetizers and entrees

When you think Mexican restaurants, do you think family? A giant spread of great food shared with great people? Stories shared and life enriched? The heart of Maudie’s tex-mex in Austin is family. Serving the greater Austin area for over 25 years, they’ve certainly grown theirs considerably with multiple locations. With great food comes great experiences, and Maudie’s wants to share it all with you. Looking for a nearby Mexican restaurant? Check out why our mexican food and huge family are the best in Austin.

Drinks

The evening usually begins with friends and family arriving at Maudie’s. They are seated at a large table, one where plenty of food can be placed and enjoyed throughout the night. In most cases, the group starts off with drinks, an easy way to relax and loosen up from a hectic day.

Maudie’s offers a variety of bar drinks to its family. You can order ice cold beer, bottled beer, or an assortment of beer on tap (domestic and import). Maybe you’re in the mood for a classic margarita, a flavored margarita, or something on the rocks? If none of that sounds appealing, give our selection of wine a glance. Maudie’s provides delectable reds and whites by the glass to tease your palate.

Friends and family alike enjoy their first drink almost as much as desert, and it’s Maudie’s pleasure to serve so many of their family as the best Mexican restaurant in Austin.

Appetizers

After a few drinks, a large group may want to start things off slow. Maudie’s offers a variety of appetizers for a variety of taste buds.

If you like to dip chips, the appetizer trio may be a great option for the table, a spread of chile con queso, fresh guacamole, and spicy bean dip.

Another popular option for a group is the nacho dish. A deep stack of chips, cheeses, and toppings layered to leave no chip uncovered. It’s a crowd favorite paired with beverages from the bar and stories from the heart.

Entrees

Maudie’s offers dish options for almost everyone. Whether you love beef or chicken, Maudie’s has a dish for you. Sometimes Mexican restaurant patrons have a hard time choosing their dish. Maudie’s recommends giving anything a try because we’re positive you’ll be back for more.

You can go with enchiladas, burritos, tacos, or fajitas.

Enchilada sauces are made from scratch and includes rice and beans upon request.

The burritos come in pairs with a blend of diced onions and cheeses spread over-top.

If you want tacos, there are beef, chicken, veggie, or combo options a la carte.

Fajitas are grilled with onions, tomatoes, serranos, and a variety of other peppers and veggies to infuse the meat with a traditional tex-mex taste.

Maudie’s favorite moment during dinner is when entrees are nearly finished, drinks have been refilled, and stories are being shared. So much of our lives are spent away from the dinner table while we eat. Maudie’s wants to bring the family back to the table for great food and great company.

Desserts

To finish off the evening, the group can enjoy a selection of sweet desserts while the evening winds to a close.

Maudie’s offers the traditional tex-mex sopapillas and flan. You can also enjoy a variety of evening drinks, such as coffee, iced tea, or topo chico.

Many groups may decide against dessert, but Maudie’s encourages it. The more time spent together, the better.

Want the best Mexican dishes in Austin? Have a group of friends and family ready to enjoy traditional tex-mex? Maudie’s has been serving the greater Austin area for over 25 years with family in mind. Get one of our margaritas or enjoy a delicious entree.

How Mexican Food Influenced American Cuisine

No matter where you’re from, anyone who has watched an old Western can probably attest to the fact that Texas was founded by cowboys and people migrating north from Mexico. It’s not exactly the group of the well-educated, politically minded individuals that played the primary role in claiming independence from Britain and establishing the United States of America as a country. However, our rough-and-tumble beginnings, first as the Republic of Texas and later as as a part of the U.S. gave rise to several valuable things, including an immense level of state pride and one of the most popular cuisine options in the state (if not the country): Tex-Mex. It’s fair to say that America as a whole is an incredible melting pot of cultures and cuisines, the most prevalent of which very well could be Mexican food.

 

Humble Beginnings

While Texas has a strong reputation for cattle raising that goes back centuries—and, in fact, was one of the primary industries our state was founded upon—our great state is responsible for more than just amazing barbecue. Texas also played a heavy role in another big cultural shift: the spread of Mexican food. When you think about how much immigration and intermingling of cultures has happened with our neighbors to the south, it makes a good deal of sense. The roots of Tex-Mex can be traced back to the time Texas wasn’t a country, let alone a state. Mexican refugees moved north during and after the Mexican Revolution and worked alongside those who had spread west as the United States expanded. As happens in our melting pot of a country, ideas were shared—specifically, ideas about food.

 

Mexican Food versus Tex-Mex

Of course, because of this melding of traditions and cultures on top of different food availability, the traditional foods brought north by Mexican immigrants didn’t stay just as it was. It’s rare that a dish or cuisine will stay the same over time, simply because of different cooking methods or ingredients available, and Tex-Mex is a great example of this. Take, for example, the enchilada. An enchilada in the traditional sense would be made with corn tortillas, chicken or pork, and a tomatillo or chile-based sauce. No cheese, no cream, and no beef—ground beef, especially—because none of these ingredients were readily available. When Mexican immigrants moved north and stopped in Texas, however, things shifted. They brought the concept and the flavors of the enchilada, but the ingredients available in Texas caused a shift. Because of ranching, beef was more readily available, even to those with little money. Likewise, cheese and cream became easier to obtain, which influenced how enchiladas were made. Instead of pork or chicken, they would be made with beef or cheese and, while the sauce was still primarily made from chiles, the addition of cream changed the flavor profile.

 

Tex-Mex IS Mexican Food

Yes, sure, we’ve only touched on the tip of the iceberg that is the differences between authentic Mexican food and Tex-Mex. The huge, whopping caveat here is this: what most Americans know as Mexican food is actually Tex-Mex. Yep, you read that right. Go to a Mexican food restaurant in nearly any part of the country, and most of the entrees on the menu will be heavily influenced by Tex-Mex, rather than Mexican cuisine. As we mentioned above, the move from Mexico to Texas introduced immigrants to an abundance of new ingredients or made less-known foods easier to obtain. It’s in these different ingredients that you can trace the difference. If a dish at a Mexican restaurant contains the following, it’s more Tex-Mex than Mexican:

  • Beef, especially ground beef
  • Yellow cheese (like cheddar) and cream
  • Tomatoes
  • Cumin
  • Wheat products, i.e. flour tortillas

All of the above were either not available in Mexico or too costly for the average person to obtain, so if you see a dish including some or all of the above, odds are good it’s a Tex-Mex dish.

The Mex-American Blend

When we think Mexican food, many jump immediately to Taco Bell or Qdoba. Traditionally Mexican foods like tortillas and salsa have become so widespread that recently, that the sale of salsa has surpassed ketchup, the all-American condiment. For as ubiquitous as Mexican food is now, that’s a pretty recent development, all things considered. While Tex-Mex has been a predominant cuisine in Texas for decades, it didn’t actually spread throughout the rest of the country until after World War II. In the latter half of the 20th century, manufacturers began mass-producing ingredients that have been used in Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes for centuries as a way to introduce new cuisine options to the American population. At one point, tortillas in a can were even a thing! (Yeah, we don’t understand it either).

 

Fortunately, these days, you don’t have to go very far to enjoy delicious Tex-Mex, especially here in Austin. Experience the authentic flavors of Tex-Mex for yourself with an institution that has been serving the locals for decades. Find a Maudie’s Tex-Mex location near you and come visit us today!

5 Reasons We Love Mexican Food

If you don’t love Mexican food, we’re not so sure we trust you. With such a wide variety of ingredients and spices, all combined to heavenly perfection, what’s not to love? Most of us don’t need a specific reason to love Mexican food, we just take it as it comes, because the way it comes is always heavenly. It’s spiced meats, delicious veg, spicy and savory sauces, crisply refreshing toppings, and the best variety of condiments. Seriously, how can you not love this flavorful cuisine? If you need more convincing, well, the best option is probably to just come visit Maudie’s Tex-Mex here in Austin. To tide you over until you can get your fix, here are the top 5 reasons why Mexican food is pretty much the best ever:

 

You Can Spice It Up

When you want enough spice to melt the skin off your face, most people turn to buffalo wings. But how boring is that? There’s basically no variety beyond how hot you want them. With Tex-Mex and Mexican food menu options, you can indulge in spice that has a flavor other than “hot”—because spicy foods are delicious, but hot is not a flavor. Choose a milder spice level with a pico de gallo, or go for more of a kick with a chipotle, chile de árbol, or poblano sauce. There is such a range of spice in the various chile-based sauce and salsa options that you can enjoy the heat in a different way each time you visit. And, as an added bonus, you’ll be able to enjoy the fiery kick you want melded with other herbs and spices for a flavorful combination.

 

Perfect Flavor Balance

Speaking of flavor, Mexican food is up at the top of the list for cuisines that have a great balance of flavors. In cooking terms, there are five flavor groups: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami (also called savory). Want to know what makes Mexican food so inexplicably good? It’s all because the flavors are perfectly balanced to hit all the flavor points on your tongue. Think about the last time you enjoyed a bowl of chips and salsa. There is the sweetness from the tomatoes, sour from lime juice, bitter from the chile peppers and herbs like cilantro, salty from a pinch of salt (and the chips you’re scooping with), and the umami or savory from the onion. Nearly every Mexican and Tex-Mex dish hits those flavors, making each and every option a deliciously balanced one.

 

Liquid Gold

For many of us, cheese is its own food group. A good Mexican food restaurant takes this to the next level by melting it down, blending in spices and chiles, and pouring it over a variety of different food options like liquid gold. Of course, if delicious, melty queso isn’t your thing—though, why it wouldn’t be, we can’t understand—you can also get your tacos or enchiladas topped or filled with a shredded cheese blend or some crumbly queso fresco. If the lactose-rich goodness just isn’t for you (or even if it is), add some creamy deliciousness to your favorite plate with a dollop of guacamole instead. It offers the same creamy, spicy goodness without the cheese.

 

Sauces Everywhere

A big part of what makes Mexican food a stand-out option is the flavor. Yes, we talked about hitting the five flavor points above, but there’s a second layer to all that flavor. That’s right, we’re talking about the sauces. Regardless of whether it’s a fresh tomato salsa or a creamy poblano sauce, this additional flavor makes all the difference and helps tie together and highlight the other flavors of the dish. Don’t believe us? Order a mixed-plate of enchiladas and see what a difference the sauce can make.

Margs for Days

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a hot summer day? The traditional marg is a refreshing blend of lime, salt, tequila, and Cointreau or triple sec. Add in ice, shake or blend, and you’re ready to beat back Texas’ sizzling summer temperatures. And yet, any marg lover can tell you that they’re just as good in the middle of winter. At Maudie’s Tex-Mex, we’re big fans of keeping that refreshing feeling, but playing around with the flavor. Try a grapefruit marg for a change of pace, go sweet with blackberry-mint, or spice things up with a jalapeño margarita. With a flavor for every occasion, it’s easy to understand why the drink is just as important as the food.

 

Don’t just search for “Mexican food near me” and choose whatever is closest. Whether you love Mexican food the way we do, or you’re ready to be convinced, experience Austin’s Mexican food options the best way possible: a visit to Maudie’s Tex-Mex. With so many locations across Austin, there’s a Maudie’s near you. Find the right location, and come see us today!