Buzzfeed Gets "13 Dishes That Aren't Actually Mexican" Listicle Laughably, Stupidly Wrong
Despite all the money spent on hiring up, despite the spinoffs into "longform journalism" (what us at the OC Weekly have called "reporting" since 1995), politics and an investigative unit, the sentient world still thinks of Buzzfeed as an outlet for 20-some-year-old writers and readers to feel like they've accomplished something by investing the least amount of effort. And nowhere is this more evident than in a recent Buzzfeed listicle called "13 Dishes That Aren't Actually Mexican."
Taquitos at Cielito Lindo--as Mexican as they come
This article is Buzzfeed's journalism reduced to one embarrassment of a combo plate: do the least research possible. When doing research, rely on third-hand sources like Wikipedia. When using second-hand-sources, rely on whatever Google tells you. And avoid first-hand source at all costs because, you know, that actually takes work.
Mariano Martinez, creator of the frozen margarita machine--a Mexican
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For instance, take their entry for margaritas, which they claim were invented in Texas in the 1960s. Their source for this? A Wikipedia article...that also cites an Esquire recipe from the 1950s. And the listicle just goes downhill from there. Fajitas are pegged to 1930s Texas...even though the first documented use of the term only goes back to the 1970s, and actual food scholars know that the tradition came from the borderlands of South Texas and northern Mexico, which is one and the same: Mexican. Buzzfeed claims El Cholo Cafe in Los Angeles "served the first restaurant-style burrito in the 1930s"...even though the first El Cholo menus to feature burritos only date to the 1970s and the earliest documented burritos in the U.S. only date to the 1950s. Hard-shell tacos are dated to a 1914 recipe...even though the Los Angeles Times was making references to tacos in Mexico City during the 1890s--and last we checked Mexico City was Mexican. And while they correctly pegged Tapatío's birthplace in Maywood, California, they conveniently left out that is creator, Jose-Luis Saavedra is--you guessed it!--Mexican who wanted a Mexican hot sauce like the kind he used to eat in his native Mexico.