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Fresh Ingredients, Authentic Cooking Technique and Delicious Food at Mi Cocina Tex-Mex Restaurants

I’ve walked right by Mi Cocina in The Woodlands numerous times. My husband and I have even talked about trying it out, but in the end, we always decided against it because of time restraints, the kids were with us, etc. But we kept telling ourselves, “we’ll try it next time.”

I was invited to attend a media event where some of the new menu items were being sampled.  Since it was in my neck of the woods, I asked my mother-in-law if she’d like to come along and we’d make a lunch date out of it.  Little did I know that some of my local blogger friends would be there too!  It was a fun couple of hours chatting and sampling Tex-Mex at its finest.

The Woodlands in general is a pretty ritzy area.  But when there is valet parking right outside of the restaurant, you know this isn’t your normal, every day, Tex-Mex restaurant.  Upon entering Mi Cocina, it isn’t decorated like your normal Tex-Mex dining establishment.  In fact, had I not know where I was at, I wouldn’t have known it was Tex-Mex. It was elegant and simply decorated.

mi cocina chip and dipA true Tex-Mex meal does not start until you are served chips and salsa.  In fact, for me, it is THE deciding factor on whether we stay or go.  We’ve walked out of several restaurants because their chips and salsa just didn’t hit the mark.  Thankfully, the chips and salsa at Mi Cocina were right on! If you prefer other dipping options, the Guacamole “Mexicano” and Queso Blanco are exceptional!

After feasting on chips and salsa, I had the opportunity to try Ceviche de Camarones and Tacos “De Brisket”. I love Ceviche, but this Ceviche was different than any I’ve had before. Mixed with chunks of mango and shrimp, it was sweet to the palette. It was definitely different, but it was tasty. I do prefer a more flavorful ceviche with a little heat.

mi cocina startersThe Tacos “De Brisket” offer a choice of either flour or corn tortillas filled with shredded brisket that has been roasted overnight.  I’m not really a fan of corn tortillas, but I actually enjoyed the combination of brisket and corn tortilla with the flavorful salsa and slices of avocado. I’m not afraid to admit I had two: one corn and one flour!

mi cocina tamales nuevos collageI’m sure you are all familiar with tamales, which are a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa, steamed or boiled, and wrapped in a leaf enclosure.  They’re normally about five inches long and filled with meats, cheeses, vegetables, or pretty much anything you want to put in it.  When cooked and seasoned correctly, it is an absolute delight to the palette.

Mi Cocina does tamales, and they do them well! Unlike the traditional rolled tamales, Tamales Nuevos are a deconstructed tamale made with fresh ingredients and just the right amount of spice.  There were four options that were served to us: Grilled Chicken Breast, Spicy Arrachera Steak, Picadillo Beef and Vegetarian.  My favorite was the Spicy Arrachera Steak!

My mother-in-law and I had such a fun time trying the new menu items.  I can’t wait to take my husband! We love our Tex-Mex food and Mi Cocina definitely does it right!

Do you like Tex-Mex food?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    I love tex-mex food. I honestly started loving it when I moved to California with the family. We don’t really have mexican or tex-mex food in New York.

  2. 2

    Yum! It’s hard to find a good tamale.

  3. 3

    I love Tex-Mex!!

  4. 4

    I LOVE Tex Mex food! Yumm!

  5. 5

    I wish we had more Tex-Mex food here where I live. I LOVE it!

  6. 6

    I love Tex-Mex! There’s so many things I still need to try too 🙂

  7. 7

    It all looks good, I love chips and salsa but I also love queso and guacamole. Funny we passed by a Tex-Mex restaurant tonight and made the comment to my husband that we should go there the food looked yummy.

  8. 8

    typically I do like it but lately I haven’t been able to stomach it at all 🙁

  9. 9

    Wow, that queso dip is very tempting.

  10. 10

    I don’t think I have ever seen a Tex Mex place with valet parking outside. Swanky! That Queso Blanco looks to die for though!

  11. 11

    I don’t know of any Tex-Mex places. We have Mexican aplenty though. I make my own mostly though. In fact, tomorrow morning I am making carnitas and tamales. I totally get the salsa and chips making or breaking a place though.

  12. 12

    We enjoy Mi Cocina == the food is soooooooo good!

  13. 13

    I LOVE Tex-Mex food & am totally drooling over here!

  14. 14

    Oh my goodness, all that food looks amazing! I love ceviche but I’ve never had it with mango. It sounds like it would be delicious.

  15. 15

    NOW, that sounds like my kind of restaurant. And the food looks really, really good, too!

  16. 16

    oh my!! yOuR pictures are making me hungry

  17. 17

    Living in my area of the country, I am more used to more traditional Mexican food, but the Tex Mex dishes you’ve featured here look mouth watering and right up my alley, especially that ceviche.

  18. 18

    I’m not a big fan of Tex-Mex (must be the northern roots ;)), but that ceviche sounds delicious, I love shrimp and mangos!

  19. 19

    I love Tex-Mex and your photos and descriptions look so delicious! Wish we had a Mi Cocina near us!

  20. 20

    Yes, I love it and I like trying all the different ways things can be made, seasoned and spiced! Glad you had fun. 🙂

  21. 21

    Authentic Mexican food is my absolute favorite.

  22. 22

    That food looks so good!!!

  23. 23

    Oh my goodness! When I spotted this I just had to stop and drool! My husband and I (Texans at heart) make a point to visit Mi Cocina when we are in Texas (D/FW area) and oh, it sounds wonderful right now! Next time you go make sure you try their lemonade – if it is the same as in D/FW it is amazing!

  24. 24

    Yes love tex mex! That cheese dip looks super good!

  25. 25

    Man all of that looks amazing!!! I love the bright colors too! I think I need some of that cheese dip!

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