The Only Texas Cookbook

“The Only Texas Coobook” is a collection of recipes compiled by Linda West Eckhardt and was copyrighted in 1981.  Linda collected these recipes while writing magazine pieces for Texas Monthly.  She eventually decided to write a cookbook using the recipes.  I feel her collection of recipes reflect our Texas cuisine.  Foreign immigration to Texas has enriched the culture and people of our state and our recipes reflect the many ethnic backgrounds. In the early 1800’s, many Germans came to Texas and settles in Houston, San Antonio and Galveston.  Czechs, Polish, French, Irish and Norwegians settled here as well in the mid 1800’s.  Mexico also has had a huge influence on our culinary taste buds.  This book includes an array or recipes such as: Pfeffernuesse, Kolaches, Duck Gumbo, Tex Czech Pork Chops, Chorizo, Bratwurst, Spiced Pecans, and Bunuelos.  I decided to try the recipe for Tex-Mex Beef Tacos and they were very good.  I adapted the recipe just a bit to reduce the serving size and added a little more cumin to suit our taste.  The recipe below includes my changes made.  I will definitely be making this recipe again!

Tex-Mex beef Tacos

Tex-Mex Beef Tacos

Taco Meat:

1 pound lean ground beef

1 teaspoon canola oil

2 tablespoons minced yellow onion

1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon oregano

Pinch of salt

Dash of pepper

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

12 taco shells


Shredded lettuce

Finely chopped onion

Finely chopped jalapenos

Finely chopped tomatoes

Shredded Colby cheese


Brown meat in oil in a large skillet.  When thoroughly cooked, drain meat on paper towels.  Add onions, garlic, and jalapenos to the skillet.  Sauté for a minute and then add the meat back to the skillet.  Add tomato sauce, and other seasonings.  Simmer, covered for 5-10 minutes. 

While making the filling, heat taco shells in oven at 200F.  Fill hot shells with meat and allow everyone to top the tacos with their choice of toppings.



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2 responses to “The Only Texas Cookbook

  1. So glad to see you back in the blogosphere!

    This looks like a fun recipe to do with the kids, will try it soon!

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