Despite the fact that chili con carne is associated with Mexico, it actually originated in the southwestern United States, where a mixture of cultures gave rise to a new cuisine called “Tex-Mex” (in other words, Texan-Mexican). But even these two countries are not limited. Initially (before joining the United States) Texas was influenced by the Spanish. It was then that a mix of Spanish and Mexican dishes laid the foundations of Tex-Mex. And much later, affordable American products joined it. As for Chile con carne itself, it is possible to trace the influence of all three cultures. Pepper stews trace their history back to the Aztecs themselves. The Spanish colonizers added meat as the main ingredient. Well, the American land gradually modernized all the ingredients.