Review: Hickory Grilled Texas Red Hot Sausage from Tejas Express

Tejas Express has quietly built up a great menu of Tex-Mex cuisine from their large outpost inside the Beer Garden. Their new food offerings each year are seldom featured in the new foods list put out annually by the Fair, which only highlights a selection of the debuting items from various vendors. Perhaps because of this, their new food items are some of the least talked about as well, but this is a mistake because they have shown time and again that their inclusion of quality ingredients and a sense of inventiveness make them one of the Fair’s best places to eat.

One of this year’s new foods is this delightful sausage, diced up and placed atop a bed of greens, along with vibrant tomatoes, corn niblets and a pickled red onion relish, drizzled with a wonderful brown whole grain mustard. In a whole field of new spicy foods this year, this sausage is perhaps the spiciest, so timid eaters should beware. For those who love the hot stuff though, this is a must try. This sausage is grilled to perfection, with beautiful deep colors that evoke just how much spice — and flavor — you are going to get in each bite. The rest of the ingredients are ancillary, but each were fresh, tasty and sensible additions to this dish, all complimenting the sausage well. Especially notable is the mustard, a far cry from the cheap bottled stuff that is suitable for your corn dog; this mustard is the real deal, and amps up the flavors of the sausage.

$10 nets you a pretty good size portion of sausage, served in a paper boat, though it will overwhelm those who avoid spicy foods. The flimsy paper boat will make it more difficult to eat on the go, as getting some of each ingredient on the fork for a single bite can be a tough affair. The mix of colors from each ingredient is visually stunning, and each component of this mix looks incredibly appetizing. This is well worth seeking out within the under-utilized Beer Garden space.

Ratings (0-5):

  • Taste: 5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Novelty: 2
  • Value: 3

Overall Score: 14 out of 20 (Fairly Fresh)

Categories 2019 Minnesota State Fair, Reviews

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