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Burnt Cheese Tacos

Burnt Cheese Tacos

by Ünal Güler

I don’t mean to be hyperbolic, but I’m pretty sure that burnt, crispy cheese is the 8th wonder of the world. I mean, how lucky are we to live in a reality where cheese cooked for slightly too long is the most delicious thing that you could ask for? 

I will take any opportunity to enjoy burnt cheese—cheesy fried eggs, Parmesan or cheddar crisps, Extra Toasty Cheez-Its, and of course, these burnt cheese tacos. Making these crispity, crunchity, ultra cheesy tacos is as easy as it gets. You need two simple ingredients: cheese and a tortilla. 

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

Smart Tips for Perfectly Burnt Cheese Tacos

  • You can use any shredded, melty cheese, such as cheddar, Monterrey jack, Pepper jack, or mozzarella. I like using a Mexican blend because you get a mix of everything. I opt for pre-shredded cheese because it’s one less step, but if you prefer to grate the cheese yourself, that works.
  • Corn or flour tortillas will work just the same. Look for fajita-style flour tortillas, which are about the same size as a 6-inch corn tortilla meant for tacos.
  • I’d recommend using a non-stick skillet; however, if your cast iron is well seasoned, you could make it in there. 
  • Remember, we’re going for a deep golden brown here, so make sure to let the cheese that’s in direct contact with the pan get extra toasty before you fold the taco over itself.

That said, these tacos can certainly be enjoyed without any condiment at all. They’re that tasty.

Stuff ‘Em Your Way 

Get creative with what you stuff inside the tacos. Dress ‘em up, why don’t you? Refried beans, cooked chicken, crumbled chorizo, sautéed mushrooms, seared steak, scrambled eggs, black beans, or tater tots are all fair game. Make these for a cheesy weekend breakfast or a comforting late night snack—burnt cheese tacos never go out of season. 

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We Love Tacos 

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  • Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos
  • Fried Egg Taco
  • Easy Fish Tacos

Ingredients

For the chipotle sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons canned chipotle in adobo sauce, plus more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

For the tacos

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 3 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese, divided

  • 6 (6-inch) corn or fajita-style flour tortillas

Method

  1. Make the dipping sauce: 

    In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, chipotle, lime juice, and salt.

Set aside.

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

Make the tacos:

Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat and lightly coat with cooking spray. Once hot, sprinkle in 1/3 cup cheese in a 6-inch circle. It’s okay if there are gaps in the cheese, as long as the circle is large enough. 

Lay the tortilla on top of the cheese circle. There should be some pieces of cheese still visible around the edges of the tortilla. Then, sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese on top of half of the tortilla. Cook until the cheese in contact with the skillet starts to turn golden brown around the edges, about 2 minutes.

Use a rubber spatula to gently lift the crispy cheese off the skillet and fold the bare half of the tortilla onto the cheesy half, and press to adhere. 

Cook until the center is completely melted and the crispy cheese is a deep golden brown on both sides, 2 minutes. Make the remaining tacos following these steps.

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

Serve:

Serve immediately with chipotle sauce for dipping. 

The beauty of a burnt cheese taco is eating it while it’s still hot and crispy.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving) 1194 Calories 66g Fat 100g Carbs 48g Protein
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× Nutrition Facts Servings: 2 to 3 Amount per serving Calories 1194 % Daily Value* Total Fat 66g 85% Saturated Fat 29g 143% Cholesterol 140mg 47% Sodium 1640mg 71% Total Carbohydrate 100g 36% Dietary Fiber 6g 23% Total Sugars 2g Protein 48g Vitamin C 4mg 20% Calcium 969mg 75% Iron 7mg 38% Potassium 402mg 9% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

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