Southwestern food is a fusion cuisine, combining rancher staples (i.e. beef and cheese) with spices and produce native to the Americas like chili peppers, corn, and tomatoes. It’s rustic, hearty comfort food at its spiciest. Beef chili, chicken enchiladas, and nachos are just a few staple items you’ll find in this category that make for standby meals you’ll turn to again and again.
— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts