From simple street tacos and cheese enchiladas to loaded nachos and sizzling fajitas, Tex-Mex is no doubt in the running as the ultimate comfort food.

Despite its enormous popularity, Tex-Mex has struggled to get respect as a regional cuisine in its own right, rather than as a low-quality, Americanized version of traditional Mexican food. But with roots in Spanish and Native American culture, it’s worth taking another look at the history of Tex-Mex cuisine — and the stories behind some of its most famous dishes.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, for the options in our town for delicious Tex-Mex fare are seemingly endless. But these are some of our favorite dishes and one of our favorite places to sample them. — Judy Allen, for Tulsa World Magazine