A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 20, 2007

A “Texican” was (pre-1836) a person from Texas (then part of Mexico) of non-Mexican ancestry. After Texas became independent and then a state (post-1836), the term “Texican” began to be used for a person of Mexican ancestry living in Texas. Exactly the opposite!

Oklahomans use the term “Texican” to demean all Texans (as being of lowly Mexican ancestry).
In the 1966 movie The Texican, the term meant a Texan (an American citizen from Texas, of non-Mexican ancestry) living in Mexico—somewhat similar to the pre-1836 use.
In the 1970s, “Texican” began to be used for “part Texan and part Mexican,” similar to the term “Tex-Mex.”
Urban Dictionary
a Texan of Mexican ancestry
Los Lonely Boys describe themselves as Texicans.
by Phlip Jun 29, 2004
Texican Cafe (Austin, TX)
Our Mission
The statehood of Texas joined two cultures; The Mexican and the Texan, that is why we proudly continue the tradition and reinforce the concept with the use of “Texican Café” as our name since 1988.
It’s our commitment to our patrons to use only the finest and freshest beef, poultry, seafood, and produce to ensure the delivery of palate pleasing offerings of the highest quality.
Our chili peppers and spices are native to the region of El Paso and is what gives our food the flavors of West Texas and Southern New Mexico Flair.
12/10/2003, 11:58 AM
For the record, I wrote “Oklahomo” and “shithole” because this is smack central. Just like the ol’ texass or texican thing you guys do.
All in fun
Internet Movie Database 
Plot summary for
The Texican (1966)
Wanted north of the border, Jess Carlin resides safely in Mexico. Then he hears his brother was killed in a gunfight with another man. Knowning his brother never carried a gun he heads north to find his brother’s killer. After battling bounty hunters he arrives in Rimrock, a town controlled by Luke Starr. Starr is the man he wants but he unable to find any evidence until he is given an item found by his brother’s body. Written by Maurice VanAuken {mvanauken@a1access.net}
(Oxford English Dictionary)
[Blend of TEXAN a. and n. and MEXICAN a. and n.] 
= TEXAN n. (sometimes used more narrowly).
1863 Lawrence (Kansas) Republican 16 Apr. 2/4 (heading) ‘Texicans’ and ‘Injuns’ again. 1937 D. COOLIDGE Texas Cowboys x. 149 That’s one thing you’ll never find around a Mormon town..you’ll never find no Texicans. 1969 in Current Trends in Linguistics (1972) X. 596 Texican, a Texan of Mexican background. (Wis.). 1978 Maledicta II. 172 While Texas remained a part of Mexico, Anglo settlers there called themselves Texicans to distinguish themselves from Spanish-speaking Mexicans.
Texican, n. and a.
Add:  B. adj. = TEX-MEX a.
1982 J. D. MACDONALD Cinnamon Skin xvi. 152 ‘Friends,’ he said in a Texican twang, ‘the goddam compressor quit again.’ 1982 Washington Post Mag. 10 Jan. 32 No hamburger-and-American-cheese filling for its tacos and enchiladas. No one-red-sauce-over-all combination plate. This is Mexican, not Texican. 1985 J. A. MICHENER Texas vi. 321 Texican military men..had already begun to survey the only defensible structure in Béjar, the Alamo. 1986 Los Angeles Times 25 Apr. VI. 11/1 Marix has quite a big menu including eight ‘Texican’ dinners, and many variants of tortilla-wrapped foods.
20 August 1835, New-Hampshire Sentinel, pg. 3:
The schooner Columbus, 8 days from Aranzas, reports that 200 troops had arrived thither from Mexico on their route to Texas; and that various bodies of troops had passed on to this province by the interior; so that we may expect a Mexican and Texican battle or warfare.
13 November 1835, New Bedford Mercury, pg. 1:
The writer states that there are about 500 Texicans in the interior battling with the Mexican troops;...
20 November 1835, The Farmers’ Cabinet (New Hampshire), pg. 2:
Mexicans and Texicans.
8 September 1977, Dallas Morning News, section E, pg. 20 ad:
Here’s a special offer on Mexican food with the kind of taste you really go for. It’s made Texican style. Take two Patio dinners for this week, and take two for next week. You’ll save 40c.
1 December 1977, Dallas Morning News, section E, pg. 6 ad:
Come and get it Dallas Mexican food lovers.
Big savings when you buy two packages of Patio Enchiladas.
Patio is Mexican food with a Texican taste, cause it’s made with a one of a kind Texas recipe.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Tuesday, March 20, 2007 • Permalink

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