Mmm, who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger? We’re not going to rest with cheddar on beef, though, let’s make in a little spicy, up the cheese factor and put a Mexican twist on this classic! This stuffed and studded burger is packed with flavor and spices.
To impart that Mexican spice, we combine crunchy corn chips with taco seasoning and mix it throughout the ground beef for our burgers. Rather than just laying cheese atop the patties, we also stuff them with what my grocery store calls “Fiesta cheese”. And, for a final layer of flavor, we crust the patties with additional taco seasoning.
You’d be surprised how much flavor plain ol’ corn chips can add to a simple burger, but it gives a distinct earthy flavor that is a natural counterpart to the beef. Corn is a traditional flavor for Mexican cuisine, so it’s a fine pairing. The cheese cuts through the saltiness of the chips and seasoning for a well-balanced dish.
- 1 pound ground beef (I used 96/4)
- 1 cup corn chips
- 1 egg
- 1 cup Mexican cheese chunks
- ¼ cup taco seasoning, divided
- 4 slices colby jack cheese
- Crush corn chips by pulsing them in a food processor. Add 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning to the work bowl and combine.
- In a medium bowl, mix spiced corn chip crumbs, ground beef, and egg, until well combined.
- Shape ground beef mixture into 8 equal balls. Place ¼ cup cheese chunks in between 2 balls and combine into a patty. Form 3 more patties using same method.
- Pour the remaining taco seasoning on a plate. Place each patty on the seasoning, press to adhere, flip and repeat.
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and grill 7-8 minutes on each side. For the last minute of grilling, lay a slice of colby jack on each patty.
- Serve with salsa and tortillas.