RECIPE

Tex-Mex Bacon Cheeseburgers

Chili peppers, chipotles and a queso sauce give a distinctive Tex-Mex taste to cheeseburgers.

Ingredients

  • 12 slices good-quality smoky bacon, 4 slices finely chopped and 8 left whole
  • 1 1/4 pounds 80% lean ground beef
  • 3-4 tablespoons onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 tablespoons pureed chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil or extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies (14 ounces), well drained
  • 4 soft burger rolls, split
  • Crisp yellow corn chips
  • Toppings: Chopped onion, tomatoes, cilantro and pickled jalapeño

Preparation

Arrange the eight whole bacon slices on a broiler pan and bake at 375°F until crisp, 10-12 minutes.

Meanwhile, pre-heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Combine the beef, chopped bacon, grated onion, garlic, chipotle puree and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Form into four patties (thinner at the center); drizzle with oil. Grill the burgers for 5 minutes on each side for medium doneness.

Make the queso sauce: In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk. Stir in the cheese to melt. Stir in the tomatoes.

Place the burgers on the bun bottoms and top with the queso sauce, criss-crossed bacon strips, corn chips, remaining toppings and bun tops. Serve with extra sauce on the side.

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