Western United States cuisine

Arizona Cheese Crisp

An Arizona cheese crisp (simply “cheese crisp” in the region) is an open-faced, flour tortilla covered in shredded cheese, baked until crisp on top. It is similar to a quesadilla, but distinct in that a cheese crisp is not folded over, and that it is also baked until the tortilla becomes crisp.

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Caesar Salad

Many variations of the salad exist; for example, by topping a Caesar salad with grilled chicken, steak, or seafood. Certain Mexican restaurants may improvise on items such as substituting tortilla strips for croutons or Cotija cheese for the Parmesan.

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Chalupas Mexicanas

In central Mexico and in states such as Hidalgo and Estado de Mexico, chalupas are small tortillas fried in oil or lard which are topped with mashed potatoes, sliced lettuce, pulled chicken and radish topped with green salsa, other varieties may have pulled beef.

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Chile con queso – Chilli and Cheese Dip

Chile con queso can be eaten with tortillas, tortilla chips, or special queso chips which are thicker than regular tortilla chips. It can also be used as a condiment on fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, migas, quesadillas or any other Tex-Mex dish.

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Chilli Verde

Chilli Verde (chili verde or green chili) is a moderately to extremely spicy New Mexican cuisine stew or sauce usually made from chunks of pork that have been slow-cooked in chicken broth, garlic, tomatillos, and roasted green chillies.

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Frijoles Refritos – Refried Beans

Refried beans is a dish of cooked and mashed beans and is a traditional staple of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, although each cuisine has a different approach when making the dish.

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Haupia – Hawaiian Coconut Pudding

Haupia is a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus and other local gatherings in Hawaiʻi. Since World War II, it has become popular as a topping for white cake, especially at weddings. Although technically considered a pudding, the consistency of haupia closely approximates gelatin dessert and is usually served in blocks like gelatine.

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Loco Moco

Here’s an easy way to make a quick and yummy loco moco, the classic Hawaiian soul-food consisting of 4 components – beef patty, rice, egg, and brown gravy.

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Malasadas

A malasada is a Portuguese doughnut, made of egg-sized balls of yeast dough that are deep-fried in oil and coated with granulated sugar. They were first made by inhabitants of the Madeira islands.

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Pico de Gallo – Salsa Fresca

In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo (literally rooster’s beak), also called salsa fresca, is a fresh, uncooked salad made from chopped tomato, white onion, and chillies (generally jalapeños, serranos or habaneros).

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Saimin – Hawaiian Noodle Soup

The favourite local fast food of the Hawaiian islands (also considered the national dish of Hawaii) is Saimin, an inexpensive noodle and broth soup. It is considered the supreme comfort food of the Islands, eaten at any time of day.

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