Creative Twists on Texas Comfort Foods: 3 recipes from Texas

You bet your boots, partner! There’s nothing quite like the down-home comfort foods of Texas. From chicken fried steak to chili con carne, Texans sure know how to put a smile on your face and joy in your belly. But what if you’re looking to liven things up a bit? Have no fear, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll share three creative recipes that put a fun new spin on classic Texas dishes. You’ll learn new techniques and ingredient combos that’ll impress your family and friends. So grab your ten gallon hat and mosey on over, because these creative twists on Texas comfort foods will have your mouth watering faster than a roadrunner at high noon! Let’s chow down, y’all!

Texas Chili Con Queso Chicken Enchiladas

Nothing says comfort like gooey cheese and spice! This cheesy enchilada recipe packs a flavor punch with chili con queso, jalapeños, and cumin. Yum!

To start, sauté diced onion and minced garlic in olive oil, then add chili powder, cumin, and diced jalapeños and cook until fragrant. Add chicken broth and chili con queso and simmer. Add cooked, shredded chicken and stir to combine.

Next, roll out tortillas and fill each with the cheesy chicken mixture. Place in a baking dish and top with more chili con queso, enchilada sauce, cheese, sliced jalapeños, cilantro, and scallions.

Bake at 350 F until bubbly, about 20 minutes. The melted cheese will be stringy, oozy perfection. Your taste buds will do a happy dance with each bite of these spicy, saucy enchiladas.

Pair with a cold beer or margarita and enjoy with friends and family. Leftovers (if there are any!) reheat well for an easy weekday meal. These enchiladas may become your new favorite comfort food. Olé!

Dig in and savor the flavors of Texas with this creative, comfort food twist on enchiladas. Your belly and soul will thank you!

Southern Texas Frito Pie With a Twist

If you’re looking for a fun twist on a Texas classic, look no further than this reinvented Frito pie! This hearty dish is bursting with flavor from the Lone Star state, but with a few creative additions to spice it up.

To start, sauté some colorful veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, and corn in chili oil or coconut oil until crisp-tender. Mix in black beans or pinto beans and corn for extra protein and Tex-Mex flair. Season generously with cumin, oregano, garlic, and your favorite chili powder.

For the twist, top the chili and veggies with creamy guacamole, cool cilantro lime crema, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Fresh cilantro, scallions, jalapeños, or sliced radishes also make great garnishes to brighten up this dish.

Don’t forget the Fritos! Crush the corn chips and sprinkle over the top so you get chips in every bite. The crunchy, salty chips pair perfectly with the hearty chili and fresh garnishes.

This reinvented Frito pie is sure to be a hit at your next party or potluck. Bursting with Lone Star flavors yet lighter than the original, this colorful dish proves everything really is bigger and better in Texas! Your friends and family will surely agree once they dig into this delicious and vibrant twist on a comfort food classic.

Pecan Pie Stuffed French Toast

Are you ready to take your brunch game to the next level? This Pecan Pie Stuffed French Toast will wow your taste buds and impress your friends!


-1 loaf challah or brioche bread

-6 eggs

-1 1⁄4 cups milk

-1⁄4 cup sugar

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon

-Pecan pie filling (store-bought or homemade)

-2 tbsp butter

-Maple syrup for serving


  1. Slice the bread into 1-inch thick slices. Use a paring knife or biscuit cutter to cut a pocket in the center of each slice, creating a little hollow.

  2. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.

  3. Fill each bread pocket with a spoonful of pecan pie filling. Really stuff it in there!

  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet (cast iron works great) over medium heat.

  5. Dip both sides of the bread in the egg mixture to coat and place in the skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown.

  6. Repeat with remaining bread slices, adding more butter to the skillet as needed.

  7. Serve the pecan pie stuffed French toast warm, topped with maple syrup, whipped cream, and extra chopped pecans.

This showstopping brunch treat is sure to delight your taste buds and fuel you up for a fun day ahead. The sweet and savory combination of fluffy French toast and gooey pecan pie filling can’t be beat. Your friends and family will be begging you for this recipe – better double or triple it! Enjoy!


You’re now armed with three delicious recipes to give your favorite Texas comfort foods a creative twist. With the chili cheese enchiladas, chicken spaghetti casserole, and pecan pie bars, you can impress your family and friends with new takes on classic dishes. Don’t be afraid to experiment and add your own spin too. The possibilities are endless when you start with timeless flavors like chili, cheese, chicken, pasta, pecans and more. Get cooking and enjoy bringing the spirit of Texas to your kitchen in a fresh way. The Lone Star state’s iconic comfort foods are calling your name. It’s time to dig in!