Texas is a diverse state with all kinds of people from all walks of life, but this state isn’t just a place — Texas is a culture unto itself. And this cultural melting pot comes about from all the numerous nations of people who came to this great country in order to make a better life.
In the wild frontier of the Lone Star State, they brought their foreign ways and traditions with them, and intermixed with one another to create a land unlike any other — Texas. So it may seem strange to outsiders that we eat Czech food for breakfast and Mexican food for lunch, but that’s just who we are. It’s in our DNA.
Texas culture revolves around a unique pride in our state and a universal love for all the things that come about from this land. There are odds and ends you only know by coming here to live, and other things you’ll never appreciate until you’ve moved. Everybody has their own taste, of course, but the things on this list are guaranteed to be a pretty big hit among most Texans. Here are 20 things Texans love.
20. Big trucks
You don’t have to live on a farm. You don’t have to use the bed to haul anything at all. Texans won’t think it’s weird for you to own a truck, take care of it as if it’s a human child, or put a ridiculous lift on it. In fact, Texans will pretty much think that’s awesome.
The blue lupin that adorns Texas fields and roadways spring after spring has a firm hold on Texan hearts. We don’t just pose for pictures in them either. Texans plant them and forbid one another from picking them. Though Texas is home to many varieties and colors of beautiful wildflowers, no other flower commands as much reverence as the state flower.
18. Tex-Mex food
By God, there’s nothing in this world like Tex-Mex. Texan culture is closely intertwined with Mexican culture because we actually used to be the same country, believe it or not. Texans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and those of hispanic heritage give their daughters Quinceañeras. The most common foreign language in these parts is of course Spanish. By and large, the most popular aspect of Mexican culture is its food. And it has changed and evolved over the years to our become own Tex-Mex creation, to be found nowhere else in the world.
Whether you see this word and think “sweet” or “sausage”, kolaches are a Texan favorite. Brought here from Czech immigrants, kolaches and klobasneks are thoroughly embedded in Texan culture. Any trip up or down I-35 is almost incomplete without pulling in to a rest stop, and grabbing a bit of this morning staple.
High school, college, professional — it doesn’t matter. We love football. Football games are broadcast on our radios, on our TVs and on our computer monitors. And it’s not uncommon to find us at one game or another, in our seats checking stats of the other games being played simulcast. Because, Texas.
15. “Y’all” and “Howdy”
The two most Texan words in the Texas lexicon (or the Texicon, as I like to call it) are “y’all” (more than one person) and “howdy” (hello). We don’t care if you think it’s not grammatically correct. Don’t mess with Texas slang.
14. The rodeo
Music, riding, roping, carnivals, funnel cakes and corn dogs. Remind me again, what’s not to love?
When Texans make slam-poetry about something going viral, you know Texans love that thing. And we we would prefer to love that thing with grilled onions, mustard and jalapeños.
12. The Cotton Eyed Joe
A surefire way to get a group of Texans all riled up? Play them the Cotton Eyed Joe. The real one is the one with the fiddle music, not that awful techno version that became so popular elsewhere 10 years ago. The Texas one is played at Texas Rangers games and Texas honky tonks. That’s the way it should be.
11. Blue Bell
If the massive outpouring of support after the listeria outbreak didn’t prove Texans’ die-hard devotion to Blue Bell, then I don’t know what will. Dreyer’s in a cup? No thank you.
Texans love chili so much that we dedicate entire festivals to it. That’s right, plural, festival(s). Check out the Terlingua Chili Cookoff or Chilifest for a really good, really Texan time. Or just buy some D.L. Jardines and make it yourself, because doing things yourself is also pretty awesome.
Texans will have more respect for anyone who has good manners, and that doesn’t just end with “please” and “thank you”, it also includes table etiquette and thank-you cards. Without good manners and a firm grasp of being polite, you just ain’t right.
8. Fiddle music
There is nothing sweeter than a good fiddle player. As Alabama put it, “If you’re gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band.”
7. Floating the river
Texas has approximately one good beach, which is basically in Mexico. But our rivers are another story, they’re plentiful and clear and harbor some of the best freshwater in the state. The most awesome way to stay cool in the summer is to just float the river, ask any one of us.
6. Pecans in all forms
Texans love ourselves some pecans. In fact, some say the origin of the word “Pecos” means “pecan” in Comanche. Pecans are one of Texas’s greatest natural resources, and pecan trees will spring up almost anywhere here and thrive, so we put the nuts in darn near everything.
That melty cheesy ambrosia we call “queso” is its own food group in the Lone Star State. Dip in your tamales, put it on your rellenos, or eat it watching the Super Bowl — doesn’t matter. It’s just great.
4. Breakfast tacos
Like every other American, we enjoy our bacon and eggs for breakfast. Only difference is, we just like to wrap them in a tortilla and add some cheese and salsa. Seriously, you should try it.
All hail the mighty brisket. If there’s no single other greatest achievement by our forefathers, it is undeniably the they taught us to make our brisket: Crisp on the outside, moist on the inside, and smoked to perfection. It’s a moral imperative to keep your favorite sauce stocked at all times, and raise your children with an appetite that appreciates this great Texas gift.
2. George Strait
Texans are never going to let you forget that the King of Country, and all his exes, live in Texas. Need we say more?
1. Bragging about Texas
Sorry, not sorry. Texas is the best place in the universe.