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

  • Added:  9 days ago
  • 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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  • Runtime: 8:14
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Comments: 163

  • Miarou Hojisiko
    Miarou Hojisiko 1 day ago

    Wow! I would love to eat there someday.

  • Drbutts
    Drbutts 5 days ago

    One of Sheldon's best.

  • Oswaldo Herrera
    Oswaldo Herrera 5 days ago

    I meant pinoy

  • Oswaldo Herrera
    Oswaldo Herrera 5 days ago

    Is Sheldon pinky he does sound like one

  • Agent Orange
    Agent Orange 6 days 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?

  • Agent Orange
    Agent Orange 6 days 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 6 days ago

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

  • Victor Hernandez
    Victor Hernandez 7 days ago

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

  • MrCloudMaker
    MrCloudMaker 7 days ago

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

  • maskvp mGy
    maskvp mGy 7 days ago

    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 7 days ago

    keep sheldon and lucas. everyone else can kick rocks.

  • playkland
    playkland 7 days 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 7 days ago

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

  • Ariel Dapito
    Ariel Dapito 7 days ago

    the food looks amazing

  • brozors
    brozors 8 days ago

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

  • Grant Miller
    Grant Miller 8 days ago

    That face @ 4:38...

    MOURI'S KITCHEN 8 days ago

    Sheldon is a good host

    BLANK 8 days ago

    tangina, GO SHELDON!

  • iamchillydogg
    iamchillydogg 8 days 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 8 days ago

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

  • aR0ttenBANANA96
    aR0ttenBANANA96 8 days ago

    The chef is a hero such a good attitude.

  • aR0ttenBANANA96
    aR0ttenBANANA96 8 days ago

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

  • Aaron Valdez
    Aaron Valdez 8 days ago

    Wow that was a great video. Really enjoyed it!

  • Julius Voo
    Julius Voo 8 days ago

    damn the food, serious shit

  • James Bond
    James Bond 8 days ago

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

  • Kizzzer 334
    Kizzzer 334 8 days ago

    My mouth has never watered so much

  • Danger Zone
    Danger Zone 9 days ago

    Hakeem Olajuwon is the GOAT.

  • Carlos Danger
    Carlos Danger 9 days ago

    Authentic tex mex is an oxymoron

  • Rossco P.coltrane
    Rossco P.coltrane 9 days ago

    Looks soooo good

  • Yash R
    Yash R 9 days ago

    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 9 days ago

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

  • Randy Li
    Randy Li 9 days ago

    ninfas is legit but so expensive :(

  • Chucky Pray for you

    This is why I can't go veggie. lol

  • Tony Mrtz
    Tony Mrtz 9 days ago

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

  • Lucinda
    Lucinda 9 days ago

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

  • A Roadie
    A Roadie 9 days ago


  • Hien Duong
    Hien Duong 9 days ago

    Looks better then Taco Bell lol 😂

  • Tempo4200
    Tempo4200 9 days ago

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

  • Texas Rig
    Texas Rig 9 days 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 9 days 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 9 days ago

    Dare I say I like Sheldon even more than Lucas?

  • nathan0717
    nathan0717 9 days ago

    That chef is dope af

  • Epic Travels
    Epic Travels 9 days ago


  • Anna Emerson
    Anna Emerson 9 days ago

    Fucking amazing!!

  • Derek Bellamy
    Derek Bellamy 9 days 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 9 days ago


  • Joe Percy
    Joe Percy 9 days ago

    best host

  • Cris Escobedo
    Cris Escobedo 9 days ago

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

    • CartoonCritic
      CartoonCritic 1 day 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 8 days 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 8 days 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. 9 days 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 9 days ago

    Donald trump would not be happy to see this

  • aedean
    aedean 9 days ago

    Sheldon is best host!

  • Trac Nguyen
    Trac Nguyen 9 days ago

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

  • Gun Taco
    Gun Taco 9 days ago

    Sheldon Simeon is such a great host !!!!

  • Michelle Cné Brown

    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 9 days ago

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

  • Frystak Gustav
    Frystak Gustav 9 days ago

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

  • Divergent Evolution

    "Authentic" Tex-mex?

    Never go full retard.

  • Roger Lu
    Roger Lu 9 days ago

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

  • Ellyn Dayondon
    Ellyn Dayondon 9 days ago

    are you Filipino?

  • chlolicious
    chlolicious 9 days ago

    ayyyy my city

  • royalbengal101
    royalbengal101 9 days ago

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

  • Penguin619
    Penguin619 9 days ago

    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 6 days ago

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

  • alohalaie
    alohalaie 9 days ago

    Loved this episode. Soul!

  • Travis Something
    Travis Something 9 days ago

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

  • Z Malek
    Z Malek 9 days ago

    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 9 days ago

    Great quality video and the food looks delicious

  • Victor Ha
    Victor Ha 9 days ago

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

  • Xe M
    Xe M 9 days ago

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

    • Penguin619
      Penguin619 9 days 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 9 days ago

    Hope they fired that asian host.

  • K3mp
    K3mp 9 days ago

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

    • matereymate
      matereymate 8 days 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 9 days ago

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

    • Alejandro Cardenas
      Alejandro Cardenas 9 days 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 9 days ago

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

  • Arnold Germosen
    Arnold Germosen 9 days ago

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

  • Eamonn Murphy
    Eamonn Murphy 9 days ago

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

  • SkyreeXScalabar
    SkyreeXScalabar 9 days ago

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

  • Joshua Winter
    Joshua Winter 9 days ago

    OMG all that looked so amazing!

  • RBuckminsterFuller
    RBuckminsterFuller 9 days ago

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

  • 84vietskater
    84vietskater 9 days ago

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

    YUNG DUMBY 9 days ago

    "Authentic Tex-Mex"

  • JD Cooks
    JD Cooks 9 days ago

    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 9 days ago

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

    • Roger Lu
      Roger Lu 9 days ago

      He has charisma and charm.

    • MC Win
      MC Win 9 days ago

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

  • Dirtydizzle
    Dirtydizzle 9 days ago

    love ninfas.... the fajita burger is delicious

  • John Cooper
    John Cooper 9 days ago

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

  • sragiddy
    sragiddy 9 days ago

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

  • Pingyping
    Pingyping 9 days ago

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

  • Van Viet
    Van Viet 9 days ago

    quá trời là ngon Men ơi

  • MickyAvStickyHands
    MickyAvStickyHands 9 days ago

    Trigger Warning! I've lived in Mexico for a while. Texas has the best Mexican food. Tex-Mex. Mexican. Even if you want to get technical and separate the two, LA has better "Mexican" food than Mexico.

  • Chenggong Lee
    Chenggong Lee 9 days ago

    Omg, all the food looked so damn good... holyyyy

  • Chenggong Lee
    Chenggong Lee 9 days ago


  • Atty. Aljim Denver Arcueno

    this restaurant will have its michelin star in the future

  • antigravity19
    antigravity19 9 days ago

    Just ate there on Monday, delicious. Tacos al Carbon and shrimp tacos were great. I'm going to have to try the Octopus next trip.

  • MegaLaidback
    MegaLaidback 9 days ago

    Good eating.

  • twizzler
    twizzler 9 days ago

    Sheldon is such a great host. You can tell he genuinely respects the chefs that he interviews because he's a chef himself.

  • al capone
    al capone 9 days ago

    Man I'd love to eat there after being stoned and a lil tipsy

  • timza123
    timza123 9 days ago

    where's nick??? i need my maillard reactions!

  • David Chacon
    David Chacon 9 days ago

    My favourite host of this channel

  • nathan rubio
    nathan rubio 9 days ago

    I'm from the border, and anytime you read "Authentic Tex-Mex" it's bullshit....except from this guy. This chef knows what he's doing. He's quite possibly the best border style chef in the US.

    Laredo, Texas

  • Efrain Flores
    Efrain Flores 9 days ago

    "The first immigrants to Huston were from the United States", huh? Can someone translate what the f%#* he's trying to say...please.

    • Lucio
      Lucio 7 days ago

      Efrain Flores and right after that he says Houston was still a part of Mexico

    • Efrain Flores
      Efrain Flores 7 days ago

      Yes I know that, as were many other parts of the US. Listen ti his begging comments, doesn't make any sense.

    • Efrain Flores
      Efrain Flores 7 days ago

      If you listen around 8 sec, what he said some of the first immigrants to Houston were from the United States. That makes no sense. Mexicans were already there.

    • Penguin619
      Penguin619 9 days ago

      Meme Lord fuck off with your weak bait.

    • Meme Lord
      Meme Lord 9 days ago

      Lucio I got confused as well. There is no need to argue just to argue. Unless you want to get your account suspended.

  • frazzled pots75
    frazzled pots75 9 days ago

    Man I never been to the original Ninfas got to go soon mmm saludos desde Houston well ok clear lake😬😬😬😬😬

  • The Insufferable Tool

    It just made my bucket list!

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