Taco Cheeseburger

  • 3 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground round beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 slices American cheese, halved
  • 8 soft or hard corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 tomato, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup salsa or taco sauce
  • Sour cream, for serving

Serves: 8 tacos

Preheat the oven to 200°C to warm the tortillas.

In a small bowl, combine the chilli powder, cumin and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir until well mixed.

Divide the ground beef into 4 equal sections, about 6 ounces each. Gently form the meat into thick disks, then place on a piece of wax paper. Press the patties until they're about 1/2-inch thick and 6 inches in diameter. Sprinkle each patty on both sides with the spice mix, using about 1/2 tablespoon per burger. Cut each patty in half, giving you 8 pieces.

Heat a 10-inch cast-iron frying pan over medium heat for 3 minutes. When the pan is hot, add 1 tablespoon of the oil and place 4 of the patties into the pan. Cook until the meat is browned half of the way up the side, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side. Place a half-slice of cheese (torn into a few pieces so it fits on the burger) to cover the patty and melt over the top. Cook until the patty is well-browned on the bottom, another 2 1/2 minutes. Remove the burgers from the pan to a plate, tented with foil, to allow the juices to redistribute, at least 5 minutes. Scrape out any crusty bits on the bottom of the pan and pour off the extra grease. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and repeat the process for the remaining 4 patties.

Place the taco shells on a sheet pan to warm in the oven for about 5 minutes. If using soft tacos, wrap the stack of 8 in foil and warm for 5 minutes.

Line the center of the taco shell with some lettuce and insert the burger. Slide 2 tomato slices alongside the patties and top with 1 teaspoon salsa and some sour cream, and serve.

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