How the World's Most Authentic Tex-Mex is Made — Cooking in America

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  • In this episode of Cooking in America, host Sheldon Simeon does some mescal shots, rolls tortillas, and lights stuff on fine with charismatic chef Alex Padilla, who runs the show at Houston institution Ninfa’s. “For all the restaurants in Houston, this is the mothership,” Padilla says, noting that the 44-year-old restaurant is credited with inventing the fajita — utilizing skirt steak and house-made tortillas — in the U.S. The restaurant goes through 135,000 pounds of steak every year.

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Comments: 182

  • Cody Mcgonagill
    Cody Mcgonagill 5 days ago

    Texas was only part of Mexico for eight years. And before that the Spanish basically just had their flag on it. El Paso and Deep South Texas was inhabited so don't act like Texas has a long Mexican history it was Indian country

  • Tama Toa
    Tama Toa 12 days ago

    Being from Hawaii, I liked Sheldon right off the bat because the people of Hawaii can relate to him. He's gotten much better as a host without losing that sincerity and humility which makes him genuine. Braddah Sheldon you do us in the 808 proud.

  • Janette Segui
    Janette Segui 20 days ago

    Sheldon is a great host. His warm smile and open personality make him relatable and totally likeable. Love this show.

  • Stephanie Sarah Nieva
    Stephanie Sarah Nieva 22 days ago

    Subscribed and clicked the Notif bell just 'coz of Sheldon Simeon!!! 😍 I love the way he handled the whole segment...he's a natural host who shows great passion for food, culture, & history behind the people & the flavors they offer. 😊👍🏼 Now, I'm off to watch all of Sheldon's vids. 😂 More power to you Sheldon!!! Love heaps from Sydney!!!! 😘❤️

  • Derrick Aynaga
    Derrick Aynaga 29 days ago

    Food looks dope

  • hong lee
    hong lee Month ago

    for real i respect this chef much

  • marmalade
    marmalade Month ago

    hes so passionate about his food, wow

  • HiennyAtYourService

    Damn. Those tortillas look bombbbbbb. Yum.

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  • Mike Trow
    Mike Trow Month ago

    Chef Alex, I fucks with you

    • Mike Trow
      Mike Trow Month ago

      Duck confit tacos?! Boy you crazy for this one

  • Enzo Chavez
    Enzo Chavez Month ago

    Honduran Pride

  • chyna Nhua
    chyna Nhua Month ago

    His foods looks delicious!

  • Jame Cehn
    Jame Cehn Month ago

    moved to Michigan from Texas and it was a mistake, the food here sucks balls..can wait to get my ass back to houston

  • majd atr
    majd atr Month ago +1

    I just want to see sheldon and lucas hosting on eater

  • Chandler Wong
    Chandler Wong Month ago


  • Miarou Hojisiko
    Miarou Hojisiko Month ago

    Wow! I would love to eat there someday.

  • Drbutts
    Drbutts Month ago

    One of Sheldon's best.

  • Oswaldo Herrera
    Oswaldo Herrera Month ago

    I meant pinoy

  • Oswaldo Herrera
    Oswaldo Herrera Month ago

    Is Sheldon pinky he does sound like one

  • Agent Orange
    Agent Orange Month ago +1

    Isn't the title an oxymoron since Tex Mex is neither original or authentic. Wouldn't you say Tex Amex is an amalgamation of various Americanized semi-Mexican dishes?

  • Agent Orange
    Agent Orange Month ago

    Isn't the title an oxymoron since Tex Mex is neither original or authentic. Wouldn't you say Tex Amex is an amalgamation of various Americanized semi-Mexican dishes?

  • Joe Yance
    Joe Yance Month ago

    Sheldon got no character as a host, typical and cool hunting at best.

  • Victor Hernandez
    Victor Hernandez 2 months ago

    got a brother in Houston, props to my honduras brother!

  • MrCloudMaker
    MrCloudMaker 2 months ago

    Nice!! good to see a Honduran making it big 👍👍👍👍👍. and ninfas is legit af

  • maskvp mGy
    maskvp mGy 2 months ago +1

    Food looks tasty but Ninfa's isn't the "originator" of the fajita. That's just over-rated hype that they fail to discourage. Grilling skirt steak and eating it in tortillas goes back hundred's of years in South Central Texas and Northern Mexico. BTW, Houston's supposed exciting and vibrant "multiculturalism" only goes back twenty years at most. The real reason immigrants have flocked there is because it is very easy and cheap to live in Houston. That is not to say that Mexican hasn't been a staple since the sixties in Houston but it was only one of five choices including BBQ, Cajun, Italian and American.

  • Robert Lim
    Robert Lim 2 months ago

    keep sheldon and lucas. everyone else can kick rocks.

  • playkland
    playkland 2 months ago

    Mad respect to the host and chef. They both had good chemestry. Plus that tex mex could go head to head with cali mex.

  • alexhernandez49
    alexhernandez49 2 months ago

    Respect for a Catracho who makes Tex Mex and is an awesome cook!!!

  • Ariel Dapito
    Ariel Dapito 2 months ago

    the food looks amazing

  • brozors
    brozors 2 months ago

    okay, this episode elevates Sheldon as best host on Eater.

  • Grant Miller
    Grant Miller 2 months ago +1

    That face @ 4:38...

    MOURI'S KITCHEN 2 months ago

    Sheldon is a good host

    BLANK 2 months ago

    tangina, GO SHELDON!

  • iamchillydogg
    iamchillydogg 2 months ago

    I've never seen such a blatant display of cultural appropriation in my life. Applying French techniques to Mexican food. Blasphemy!

  • Carlos Arturo Islas Sanchez

    what the heck is "relleño"?

  • rootedbox
    rootedbox 2 months ago +1

    His food looks great.. but thats not Authentic tex-mex.

  • aR0ttenBANANA96
    aR0ttenBANANA96 2 months ago +5

    The chef is a hero such a good attitude.

  • aR0ttenBANANA96
    aR0ttenBANANA96 2 months ago

    Sheldon and Lucas are so likable, it's crazy.

  • Aaron Valdez
    Aaron Valdez 2 months ago

    Wow that was a great video. Really enjoyed it!

  • Julius Voo
    Julius Voo 2 months ago

    damn the food, serious shit

  • James Bond
    James Bond 2 months ago

    w...t..f i gotta go to houston now

  • Kizzzer 334
    Kizzzer 334 2 months ago

    My mouth has never watered so much

  • Danger Zone
    Danger Zone 2 months ago

    Hakeem Olajuwon is the GOAT.

  • Carlos Danger
    Carlos Danger 2 months ago +1

    Authentic tex mex is an oxymoron

  • Rossco P.coltrane
    Rossco P.coltrane 2 months ago

    Looks soooo good

  • Yash R
    Yash R 2 months ago +17

    I love how Sheldon encourages the chefs to speak for themselves by asking the right questions that allows them to talk about their cooking and history well. It allows the viewers to get a exceedingly informative experience of the food, not to mention that he makes a connection with the chef which enables us to establish a confident understanding of the video. Great Hosting and Keep up the good work! !!!

  • dingguhlbary
    dingguhlbary 2 months ago

    This chef is so legit man. very very real feel from the guy

  • Randy Li
    Randy Li 2 months ago

    ninfas is legit but so expensive :(

  • Chucky Pray for you
    Chucky Pray for you 2 months ago

    This is why I can't go veggie. lol

  • Tony Mrtz
    Tony Mrtz 2 months ago

    Ninfa's is overpriced, overrated. Better fajita can be had at some taco trucks than this place

  • Lucinda
    Lucinda 2 months ago

    Great video. Loved Simeon and Chef Padilla. Thank you!

  • A Roadie
    A Roadie 2 months ago


  • Hien Duong
    Hien Duong 2 months ago

    Looks better then Taco Bell lol 😂

  • Tempo4200
    Tempo4200 2 months ago +5

    Respect my Central American brother. Arriba Honduras y El Salvador!

  • Texas Rig
    Texas Rig 2 months ago

    A true American. I have massive respect for anyone who takes that much pride in their work/business. And this guy takes the cake!

  • WindmillStalker
    WindmillStalker 2 months ago

    I *just* ate and the meats and the veggies and the prawns in this video nearly gave me a foodgasm. Goddamn, that looks good. Humble, basic, authentic cooking made with the utmost skill and dedication.

    Can't beat that.

  • Mr Wolfers
    Mr Wolfers 2 months ago +1

    Dare I say I like Sheldon even more than Lucas?

  • nathan0717
    nathan0717 2 months ago

    That chef is dope af

  • Epic Travels
    Epic Travels 2 months ago


  • Anna Emerson
    Anna Emerson 2 months ago

    Fucking amazing!!

  • Derek Bellamy
    Derek Bellamy 2 months ago

    I love cooking with sous vide and was wondering what temp and time frame I should cook octopus at. would love to try it. by the why I thought why I thought you would appreciate my Lolo a Theo taught me how to cook filipino food before I could reach a counter

  • Christopher Trout
    Christopher Trout 2 months ago


  • Joe Percy
    Joe Percy 2 months ago

    best host

  • Cris Escobedo
    Cris Escobedo 2 months ago

    Why do you call it Tex-Mex?? Hes cooking Tex-Hon!
    He just told you he is from Honduras!

    • CartoonCritic
      CartoonCritic Month ago

      Cris Escobedo
      A real chef isn't a stingy bigot who excludes people based on race from partaking in an art from that existed for years with influences from every where.

    • Cris Escobedo
      Cris Escobedo 2 months ago

      +713henrey713 My point is, I doubt this guy built himself up and perfected his craft, just for us to label it (Tex-Mex) #whitepoeplemakingtacosisnotmexicanfood!

    • Cris Escobedo
      Cris Escobedo 2 months ago

      +Kim L. No Bitch! Im a Chef Myself! And personally Im tired of people cooking trash in the states and calling it Mexican Food! You have no clue what real mexican food is, so you shove this trash in your fucking mouth then spit it out in words! So let me ask you, are you fucking stupid??

    • Kim L.
      Kim L. 2 months ago

      Cris Escobedo are you stupid? The food is tex-mex. It doesn't matter who's cooking it. If I cooked an Italian dish for example, it doesn't automatically make it Chinese food just because I made it.

  • Al Denino
    Al Denino 2 months ago

    Donald trump would not be happy to see this

  • aedean
    aedean 2 months ago +1

    Sheldon is best host!

  • Trac Nguyen
    Trac Nguyen 2 months ago

    Sheldon and Lucas need a collaboration on this segment, please 🙌🙌🙌

  • Gun Taco
    Gun Taco 2 months ago +1

    Sheldon Simeon is such a great host !!!!

  • Michelle Cné Brown
    Michelle Cné Brown 2 months ago

    I live in San Francisco now but I grew up in Tejas......I miss Texmex sooo fucking much. This almost brought tears to my eyes! 😢

  • pete_rock2310
    pete_rock2310 2 months ago

    I like seeing Sheldon doing these segments! Nice job!!!

  • Frystak Gustav
    Frystak Gustav 2 months ago

    Great passion for the food from the chef - nice to see that.

  • Divergent Evolution
    Divergent Evolution 2 months ago

    "Authentic" Tex-mex?

    Never go full retard.

  • Roger Lu
    Roger Lu 2 months ago

    Did they fire the asian girl and replace her with this guy? I think so.

  • Ellyn Dayondon
    Ellyn Dayondon 2 months ago

    are you Filipino?

  • Chloe Taylor
    Chloe Taylor 2 months ago

    ayyyy my city

  • royalbengal101
    royalbengal101 2 months ago +2

    Haven't been to Houston since 03' need to go back for this.

  • Penguin619
    Penguin619 2 months ago +1

    as a Houstonian, very happy about this series. Very well done, from the Crawfish ep. to this; can't wait to see what else y'all uncover. Ninfa's is a classic in Houston history, always happy to get its recognition.

    • Phillip Nguyen
      Phillip Nguyen Month ago

      Same! I'm from Houston, so I'm excited to see Sheldon's next vidddd

  • alohalaie
    alohalaie 2 months ago

    Loved this episode. Soul!

  • Travis Something
    Travis Something 2 months ago

    Way to replace texmex normative foods and cover them with a chef's personal dishes

  • Z Malek
    Z Malek 2 months ago +4

    Wow, this is in Houston? I live in Houston lol Whenever I see food videos it always shows some far away place I may or may not ever get to visit. Finally.

  • El Player21
    El Player21 2 months ago

    Great quality video and the food looks delicious

  • Victor Ha
    Victor Ha 2 months ago +46

    Chill low-key host, talented down-to-earth chef, and amazing dishes = good video

  • Xe M
    Xe M 2 months ago

    How do you determine what is the "world's most authentic tex-mex". Because that doesn't look like it.

    • Penguin619
      Penguin619 2 months ago

      the fact that this place is what made tex-mex hit the mainstream. this is what caused a whole nation/world get on the fajita train.

  • John Wick 3
    John Wick 3 2 months ago

    Hope they fired that asian host.

  • K3mp
    K3mp 2 months ago +16

    I'm not American but it appears that Texas is badass.

    • matereymate
      matereymate 2 months ago

      it's only in some places, like austin and houston
      I've lived all my life in El Paso Texas and it's okay because of the people, but the weather is too hot, the life is hard and tough
      but the people and food make it worth it

    • K3mp
      K3mp 2 months ago

      For sure, I'd love to visit if I get the chance

    • Alejandro Cardenas
      Alejandro Cardenas 2 months ago

      K3mp I am Mexican ( I actually live in Mexico) and I really like Texas. Really nice place with amazing food and culture and houses aren't stupidly expensive hahaha

    • Omar Perez
      Omar Perez 2 months ago

      K3mp yeah dude it's good here. Come have some badass food.

  • Arnold Germosen
    Arnold Germosen 2 months ago

    wow this guy is an amazing cook... sheesh I would love to taste that food

  • Eamonn Murphy
    Eamonn Murphy 2 months ago

    That chef seems fucking awesome. So much respect for him. Food looked delicious too.

  • SkyreeXScalabar
    SkyreeXScalabar 2 months ago

    This is how you do food videos, you watching cult following?

  • Joshua Winter
    Joshua Winter 2 months ago

    OMG all that looked so amazing!

  • RBuckminsterFuller
    RBuckminsterFuller 2 months ago +2

    I just ate and I'm getting hungry again... amazing food!

  • 84vietskater
    84vietskater 2 months ago

    Sheldon for president!! Let this guys host more shows please guys!!!

    YUNG DUMBY 2 months ago

    "Authentic Tex-Mex"

  • JD Cooks
    JD Cooks 2 months ago +73

    This is the best show on this channel, by far. I like the other hosts too, but the overall quality here is beyond anything Eater has done.

    • Jason Reyes
      Jason Reyes 2 months ago

      JD Cooks agreed. not just a two minute bs clip.

    • Roger Lu
      Roger Lu 2 months ago

      He has charisma and charm.

    • Cee Win
      Cee Win 2 months ago

      Couldn't agree more! He lets the chefs and the food speak for themselves!

  • Dirtydizzle
    Dirtydizzle 2 months ago

    love ninfas.... the fajita burger is delicious

  • John Cooper
    John Cooper 2 months ago +1

    Ninfa's is a top notch place. Lived in Houston for years and ate my share

  • sragiddy
    sragiddy 2 months ago +2

    Thank you Eater for not sleeping on the H-town food scene!!

  • Pingyping
    Pingyping 2 months ago

    woo very nice food looks greats ~ the new stuff hmm its aight :O

  • Van Viet
    Van Viet 2 months ago

    quá trời là ngon Men ơi

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