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Course Syllabus: Tex Mex Cooking 101


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Course Description

Tex Mex Cuisine 101 is a course for those who want to learn more about the Tex Mex phenomenon. Often when we consider Mexican food, it is actually Tex Mex we are thinking of. Tex Mex is a blend of cuisine from Mexico and the Southern States, especially Texas. It is inspired by the melting pot fuelled by increasing immigration from Mexico into the Southern States of America; Mexican ingredients found their way into Texan dishes while Texan cooks left their own stamp on Mexican recipes, culminating in a culinary revolution of sorts that has taken the world by storm. Tex Mex restaurants have sprung up all over the world and if you want to know why, then this course is perfect for you.
 


 

 

The course begins with a look at the history of Tex Mex cuisine, where it came from and how it is influenced by cultural and geographical factors. From Lesson 2, the real fun begins with a range of recipes that will in turn challenge and surprise you with their unique combinations of ingredients. While many of the recipes make great use of chillies and spices, many of them can be made milder to suit every taste so there really is something for everyone here, from those who love things hot, hot, hot... to children and those who can't quite handle the heat!

 

Each lesson has around 3 recipes to try, ranging from side dishes and snacks to more involving recipes for whole meals. Throughout the course, suggestions are made for those who want to be adventurous and alter the recipes to suit the preferences of their family or dinner guests; allowing you to have the freedom to be original and continue the Tex Mex legacy by perhaps introducing some of your own locality into the recipes.

Course Requirements

No previous experience is required but you should know how to work around hot stove tops, and know how to use an oven. In addition, you'll need kitchen supplies--most you probably already own.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: Tex Mex Cuisine

Lesson 2: Classic Tex-Mex Recipes

Lesson 3: Salsa, Rice, and Cheese

Lesson 4: Pasta

Lesson 5: Tex-Mex Flavors

Lesson 6: Guacamole, Beans and Quesadillas

Lesson 7: Beer Battered Fritters, Pizza, and Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Lesson 8: Nachos, Beef and Chipotle Pasta, and Corn on the Cob

Lesson 9: Chimichangas, Potato Bake, and Baked Chicken

Lesson 10: Chilli

Lesson 11: Marinades, Soups, and Potatoes

Lesson 12: Beverages

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a cooking assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.

Disclaimer

It is always dangerous working with hot ovens, stoves, knives, and kitchen equipment. You must know how to cook safely before attempting to do the lessons in this course

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe Tex-Mex cuisine.
  • Demonstrate classic Tex-Mex recipes.
  • Demonstrate making salsa, rice, and cheese.
  • Demonstrate making pasta.
  • Describe and recognize Tex-Mex flavors.
  • Demonstrate making guacamole, beans and quesadillas.
  • Demonstrate making beer battered fritters, pizza, and stuffed cherry tomatoes.
  • Demonstrate making nachos, beef and chipotle pasta, and corn on the cob.
  • Demonstrate making chimichangas, potato bake, and baked chicken.
  • Demonstrate making chilli, marinades, soups, potatoes, and beverages, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment: What is Tex Mex Cuisine?100
Lesson 2 Assignment: Introduce Yourself to Some Tex Mex Classics20
Lesson 3 Assignment: Make the Side Dishes- Salsa and Mexican Rice20
Lesson 4 Assignment: Tex Mex Pasta!20
Lesson 5 Assignment: Different Tex Mex Flavors20
Lesson 6 Assignment: Make some Quesadillas .20
Lesson 7 Assignment: Beer Battered Fritters, Pizza and Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes20
Lesson 8 Assignment: Corn on the Cob (Tex Mex style)20
Lesson 9 Assignment: Chimichangas20
Lesson 10 Assignment: All about Chili20
Lesson 11 Assignment: Ribs and Potatoes20
Final Thoughts100
Lesson 12 Assignment: The Right Beverage20
Final Assignment: Put it all together and Make a Tex Mex Feast20
Total Points:445
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