A bowl of this may taste Mexican, but it's not! According to Culture Cafe, the earliest bowl of spicy stew of beans, herbs, peppers, and meat like this Chili Con Carne was actually traced back to San Antonio, Texas.
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The birthplace of the thick, creamy Kitchen Project believes it came from New England, featuring salted pork fat, thickened with a flour, heavy roux, crumbled ship biscuit or saltine crackers and milk.
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The Tex-Mex mix-up!
If you think the Delish.com says the deep-fried burrito was actually from Tucson, Arizona or the "Mexican food capital of the U.S."
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Have a rice day!
Like Texas, a hotspot for collaborative cuisine in the U.S.; there is also New Orleans in Louisiana, the home of Cajun food, where Rice & Roux. Jambalaya is actually the "with-rice" version of Gumbo, and is a cousin of the Spanish paella.
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Gimme mo' po' boy!
Also called "poor boys," the Fish Po' Boy sandwich was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. A traditional po' boy consists of a baguette filled with either roast beef or crispy fried seafood, like fish fillet, shrimp, and soft-shell crab.
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Born in the U.S.A.!
According to CHOW, immigrants to the United States from Hamburg, Germany brought with them the Hamburg steak, so technically its existence was first recorded in the States. But it was first served as a sandwich in 1900 at Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut. Go gourmet with this Cilantro Pesto Burger.
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Lord of the rings
Though its exact origin is unknown, Peninsula Food News reports that a recipe for "deep-fried onion rings" first surfaced in a Crisco advertisement on New York Times Magazine. Making Onion Rings haven't changed since then, actually.
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Uncle Sammie's sammie!
As its name suggests, the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich's birthplace is, well, South Philadelphia. It was invented by accident by a hotdog vendor back in 1900, and has since evolved into the famed sammie now, reports VisitPhilly.com.
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We can rely on the Americans when it comes to junk food, right? Enter the Potato Chips, which was invented in August 24, 1853 by accident at a diner in Saratoga, New York, when its cook, a certain George Crum, served up an overly thin and over-salted order of deep-fried potatoes. The world was never the same since then.
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Major brownie points!
While some may challenge the real origin of the brownie, some say it was first seen on the 1896 Boston Cooking School-Cookbook. There's also an unconfirmed story that the brownie was initially supposed to be a cake, but the cook forgot to add the baking powder. True or not, the fact remains: the brownie is a true-blue American.
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