everytime i tell europeans my favorite cuisine is texmex & sonoran they are like “American bastardized Mexican food?” and i feel like im going insane. its not bastardized. its their fucking cuisine.
europeans are absolutely missing the context that sonoran chicanos and tejanos have existed on that land long before the US conquered that territory. there actually isn’t a strict clean line between american and mexican cultures. North America is full of multiple cultures that aren’t easily divided up by arbitrary borders enforced by the state.