El Paso is like the meeting place of Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. It’s situated directly on the border, right next to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. While I grew up calling it “Hell Paso” and complaining about it, leaving it has opened my eyes to its beauty and unique culture.
El Paso Mexican food is heavily Northern Mexican-influenced. We love our refried pinto beans sprinkled with cheese and our enchiladas suizas. Our burritos are devoid of rice (the way it should be!) and stuffed with fillings like picadillo, huevos con chorizo, and classic bean and cheese. It’s more authentic and seasoned than your quintessential Tex-Mex or what you’d find in San Antonio, but it still has a few Americanized touches and an intense relationship with cheeses and cremas.
Exploring other variations of Mexican food is fun, but there’s nothing like a plate of machaca or the Tacos Antonia from Lucy’s Cafe.