San Antonio is home to people from many backgrounds – but for many, there is one place that hits home… Mexico. San Antonio embodies the spirit that is Mexico and mixes directly into the Texas culture. San Antonio is different from many of the other big cities in Texas. You can find Tex-Mex anywhere in Texas, but if you can find authentic Mexican food anywhere, it will be in San Antonio, Texas at Vida Mia.

What is Tex-Mex?

Tex-Mex is Mexican food with a Texas twist. Texas and Mexico have very close ties together – after all, Texas was once owned by Mexico. Tex-Mex is not as old as you would think. Tex-Mex foods weren’t known until around 1940 and didn’t gain much popularity until the 1970s.

Some of the most popular Tex-Mex dishes are nachos, chili con carne, breakfast tacos on flour tortillas, fajitas, and beef enchiladas. There are a few key ingredients that you will find in “Mexican” food in America, but you probably won’t find in Mexico: beef, yellow cheese (like cheddar), wheat flour, black beans, canned vegetables (especially tomatoes), and cumin.

Beef was widely consumed by Texas ranchers, and it’ll be hard to find much beef if you aren’t in the northern areas of Mexico. Cumin isn’t even Mexican, Texan, or American – it came from India. Also, the more starch you find on the menu, the more Tex-Mex the restaurant is. In Mexico, most tortillas are made from corn, not wheat or flour.

What is Authentic Mexican Food?

If we were going to give an entire class on Mexican cuisine, we would need to take a long field trip. However, Mexican food varies from Tex-Mex mostly by the ingredients. For example, in Mexico and in Texas, tacos are very popular. However, in Mexico, most tacos are small street tacos made by hand from corn. In Texas, many tacos are large, made from flour, and stuffed with breakfast ingredients.

Many people also think of Mexican food as unhealthy, but there are a lot of vegetables that are used in true Mexican-style cooking. Most of the food in Mexico is also fresh – unlike in America. There’s no way to describe authentic Mexican food, unless you have tasted it. Even the same dishes will taste very different – solely because of how they were made and what they were made with.

Why Vida Mia?

So where did the inspiration come from? From childhood memories! Our mother spent long hours in the kitchen to feed a family of six kids. However, health was also very important to us. Many of our meals were made from maize, wheat, flour, raw milk, brown sugar, natural bee honey, and the fruits and vegetables that were local to our home. Many of the recipes were passed down from many generations. Our kitchen became so popular that people began to come to our home for delicious meals. This was just the start of our family business.

Vida Mia is unlike any Mexican restaurant you will find in San Antonio: true to its culture and true to its cuisine. Vida Mia is a family-owned restaurant that started in Monterrey, Mexico in 1972. The restaurant soon gained popularity, and the customers wanted more. The menu began expanding and so did the flocks of customers. The kitchen and dining area multiplied by ten!

Vida Mia is proud to have multiple locations in San Antonio. The family that started it all is still the family that greets you at the door, takes your order, and cooks the delicious meals with the family recipes. On our menu, you will find authentic chilaquiles, enmoladas, sopes, ceviche, tacos, and more.

The vibrant colors will make you feel like you’re walking through the markets. Mexican rag dolls, also as Maria, greet you as you walk through the door. The dolls are strongly tied to Amealco, where most people make their living by making these dolls.

In San Antonio, it may be easier to find authentic Mexican food on the southside. However, San Antonio is a big city, and it can take a while to get to the other side of town. Vida Mia serves authentic Mexican dishes to the northside and eastside, with two locations: Stone Oak and Bulverde.

Vida Mia: Authentic Mexican Cuisine in San Antonio, Texas

If you are craving authentic Mexican food, visit Vida Mia. There’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy: kid’s menu, vegan and vegetarian menu, and more! We have options for the picky eater and for the adventurous eater at your table. For more information about our menu or locations, visit We hope to see you soon!