Want the perfect Mexican restaurant experience in Austin? Make sure they use these 4 ingredients.

It’s a unique feeling stepping into a Mexican restaurant in Austin. You have the long tradition of food and culture of the Rio Grande Valley and Texas ranchers alongside the weirdness of the city. Music plays a huge influence on the vibe, too. What can one expect? A mashup of the latest and greatest hits and new, evolved dishes? Not quite. Maudie’s prides itself on keeping the tradition of Mexican-Texan cuisine alive. Using the four main ingredients of tex mex as a base, all their dishes play off one another to create a filling and delicious meals from appetizers all the way to desserts. Know what goes great with all this food? Margaritas! Want to learn more about the essential ingredients of any tex mex restaurant worth its salt? Maudie’s shares the industry secrets in the following post.

The Four Main Ingredients

Most believe tex mex to be a complicated concoction of mixed cultures culminating as a smorgasbord of flavors and scents. Frankly, the entire menu is based off four main high-quality ingredients. Don’t believe it? Here they are in all their glory:

The Tortilla: Typically a wheat based product. It’s thick, soft, and chewy by most accounts, and it can be filled with toppings, cheeses, sauces, and meats for a delectable taste bud experience.

The Cheese: It’s on almost every burrito, enchilada, or taco. Cheese is a crucial piece to most tex mex dishes since it adds yet another texture to the meats and toppings.

Sauces: If you want flavor, sauces are the way to go. The myriad of flavors offered by mixing, matching, or isolating certain sauces with specific dishes delivers a variety of taste bud adventures.

Meats: The cornerstone of any great tex mex restaurant. Meats offer weight and volume to most dishes. The grilled nature of most meats at Maudie’s hold in their juicy flavors and tenderness whilst still adding to the overall subtle hints with sauces and cheeses.

Whether you pack a tortilla with the fajita meat of your choosing or stick with an enchilada covered in chile sauce, you’ll find a flavor and taste just for you at Maudie’s.

Don’t forget the Margaritas!

It’s a family tradition at Maudie’s to order a classic margarita with dinner. If you’re dining with friends, family, or colleagues, the relaxed, comfortable environment encourages connecting with one another beyond a phone call or office meeting.

Silver or Gold?

Choose your experience with non-aged silver tequila to go with your lime juice and salt in a frozen concoction, or gold aged tequila to enjoy a smoother on the rocks taste.

Sugar or salt?

Choosing sugar or salt for the rim of your glass depends on your margarita flavor and taste bud preference. Typically, salt is used on the rim, but if you go for a blackberry mint margarita, you may want to consider sugar.

Happy Hour!

Don’t forget to join us at Maudie’s for happy hour. It’s a great time to enjoy a fancy margarita, signature margarita, or a dollar off all beers.

Bring your family or friends. Order your favorite dish. Enjoy a delicious drink.

Want the perfect tex mex restaurant dish in Austin? Need a delicious margarita to finish off your day? Maudie’s has been serving the greater Austin area for over 25 years. Find one of the seven locations near you!

The 4 Ingredients the best nachos in Austin have in common

We all know what it’s like to get a weak stack of nachos. The chips are piled together. The cheese is dribbled over the top. When you pull a chip from the stack, toppings either fall off or didn’t make it on the chip in the first place. Why do Mexican restaurants in Austin continue to deliver a lack-luster nacho experience? Maudie’s knows nachos, laying chips, cheese, and toppings to create a memorable experience for your taste buds. Want to know what makes a great nacho dish? Maudie’s offers its advice in the following blog post.


It’s the worst feeling when you grab a chip from a nacho stack and watch the cheese and toppings tumble from the end, either onto the plate or the table.

A delicious stack of nachos is held up by the type, size, and style of chip used. A thick, tortilla chip is ideal to layer on cheese and toppings.

Maudie’s offers three types of nacho stacks, which all involve tasty chips: Nachos, Nachos Supreme, and Nachos Compuestos.

If you have to resort to using a fork to eat the nachos, the chips aren’t strong enough.


A great stack of tex-mex nachos includes great cheese.

The cheese is what holds the nacho dish together. Melted and spread out over the chips creates an appealing and appetizing dish. Depending on where you go to get nachos, the Mexican restaurant may use a different number and types of cheese.

Maudie’s believes in using at least three types of cheese, which adds to the flavor and texture of the overall experience.


In tex-mex fashion, the toppings are where the majority of the flavor explodes in your mouth. Chips are vital. The cheese holds it together. The toppings are what call on your taste buds. Anything from jalapenos, olives, to onions can be placed on the dish, which means you get to choose your mouth watering experience.

Some nacho enthusiasts like the heat of jalapenos, onions, and peppers. Others prefer a cooler experience with olives and parsley.

No matter your preference, Maudie’s has three main tex-mex nacho dishes for you.

Along with toppings, you can use guacamole or sour cream to accent your experience, which adds the feeling of thickness to each and every bite.

Not sure which toppings to put on your nachos? Let Maudie’s help and get you the best chips, cheese, and toppings in Austin.


The best nachos in Austin are layered. What does this mean? Each and every chip is covered with cheese and toppings. No longer do you have to pull a chip from a stack and work to place cheese, jalapenos, or beef on top of it.

If you want a great tex-mex or a great stack of nachos, give Maudie’s a try. Serving the greater Austin area for over 25 years, we know a thing or two about Mexican food. Stop by Maudie’s, order some nachos, and enjoy a craft margarita during happy hour!

Why Maudie’s Loves Margaritas (And you should, too!)

What comes to mind when someone says, “Let’s go to happy hour?” Maudie’s Mexican Restaurant in Austin says, “Margaritas!” It’s a tradition worth keeping, and it’s one with deep roots. Friends and family alike can enjoy tacos and tequila any day of the week, which is why Maudie’s loves to serve its customers with the best Mexican food and happy hour in the city. Want to learn how margaritas are made and what makes them so good? Maudie’s put together a post just for you!

What makes a good Margarita?

It’s a simple mix of four ingredients which balance one another for a sweet and sour taste with each and every sip. Many of us have probably experienced the too-sour or the too-sweet margarita and regretted it later in one form or another. However, one doesn’t have to be a master mixologist to get the taste just right.

Maudie’s margaritas follow a simple mix: two parts tequila, one part lime juice, one part sweet, and ice (however you like yours: rocks or frozen).

Which type of Tequila?

This is a preference. Maudie’s always suggests top-shelf tequila paired with the best Mexican food in Austin. You generally have two options when it comes to types of tequila: silver (sometimes referred to as blanco or white) and gold. The difference between the two is that the gold has been aged while the silver has not.

What does aged tequila have to do with margaritas? The taste profile changes based on the type of tequila used. Silver offers a stronger taste experience since it hasn’t been aged. Gold has been distilled and aged, which means the drinking experience is slightly smoother on the taste buds.

As always, Maudie’s recommends trying a few margaritas to discover what tastes the best to you!

Which type of salt?

Salt is used to line the margarita glass to accessorize the drink and add flavor to each and every sip. The ideal happy hour margarita is a coarse sea salt on the rim. This kind of salt has a little weight to it, and it is flaky with irregular crystal size, which accentuates the glass, adding to the overall experience.

If you can, avoid fine or table salt because it lacks texture and is stronger in taste than sea salt.

What about sugar?

Some margarita enthusiasts prefer sugar on the rim. Similar recommendations follow with sugar as salt. Use a coarse sugar which is flaky and has a little weight to it.

Sugar preference, as with salt, is obviously up to the customer. Find a flavor, taste, and style you like. The most important part is that you’re enjoying your margarita, either during happy hour or with the best Mexican food in Austin.

Which type of lime juice?

Maudie’s recommends lime juice based on the type and style of tequila being used for your margarita. However, the choice is up to you. Let your preference and taste buds guide you to the best margarita.

How are margaritas made?

A classic margarita includes tequila, lime juice, sweet accents, and ice.

  1. Salt or sugar the glass rim
  2. Mix the ingredients
  3. Pour
  4. Add a lime slice to the rim
  5. Enjoy with friends or family

Why are margaritas so good?

Maudie’s has found the perfect balance between tartness and sweetness when it comes to the best margarita in Austin. The ingredients are always fresh, and the mix made to order. During Maudie’s happy hour, it’s best to enjoy your margaritas with family or friends.

Anyone interested in finding a happy medium when it comes to after-work drinks, the margarita is a popular choice for a few reasons.

It’s perfect. It’s flexible.

The balance between sour and sweet is the epitome of perfection when it comes to happy hour beverages. You can customize the level of sweetness or sourness in either direction with a simple change of salt, sugar, tequila, or ice.

Multiple flavors

You don’t have to stick with the classic margarita, either. You can go with a fruiter mix in mango or otherwise. Simply ask your friendly bartender at Maudie’s, and they’ll help you find the perfect taste for you.

It’s a crowd favorite.

Making new friends? Not sure what the family drinks? Margaritas are an easy go-to that gets great results. Almost anyone will drink a margarita, and if you’re eating at the best tex-mex in Austin, this beverage pairs wonderfully well with many menu items at Maudie’s.

Want great Mexican food in Austin? Need a happy hour margarita after a long day at work? Maudie’s has you covered. Visit any one of our locations and enjoy your afternoon with great mexican food and even better margaritas!