Burger Tacos With Chipotle Mayo are perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations with your friends or taco night enjoyed around your kitchen table with your family. Now you are probably wondering…is it a burger or is it a taco, actually it is both. A burger taco is something you might envision having on a street corner in one of the border towns on either side of the US/Mexico border. While not really Mexican, it is a combination of the two country’s food cultures. Think of it as a Mexican hamburger. Imagine a juicy beef patty that is seasoned with Mexican spices and fresh cilantro stuffed into a warm flour tortilla. It is then topped with fresh pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, Jalapeño jack cheese and drizzled with chipotle mayo. One bite and it is like a fiesta of flavors in your mouth.
Burger Tacos With Chipotle Mayo
Serves 2 (2 tacos per person) adjust the recipe accordingly.
- 3/4 lb. ground beef
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 Tbsp. chipotle Tabasco*
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. ancho chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
Place the ground beef in a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients for the burger patties. Combine the ingredients but don’t over mix or burgers will be tough. Divide the mixture into two portions and form into patties. Make a depression in the center of each patty to keep them flat when cooked. Cook in a skillet or grill pan until desired doneness. Remove to a plate and let rest for a couple of minutes then cut each burger in half.
- 4 flour tortillas (6 inch taco size)
- 2 cooked burgers, each cut in half
- shredded lettuce
- shredded Jalapeño jack cheese
- pico de gallo made with chopped fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeño peppers and cilantro seasoned with lemon juice, salt and pepper
- chipotle mayo made with 5 Tbsp. mayonnaise mixed with 5 tsp. chipotle Tabasco* and 1 tsp. lime juice, salt and pepper to taste
Warm flour tortillas in a dry skillet over medium high heat for about 30 seconds on each side. Remove and wrap in foil to keep warm if not using right away.
To assemble the tacos, place one half of a burger cut side down in a folded tortilla and top with shredded lettuce, cheese and pico de gallo. Drizzle with chipotle mayo and serve.
*If you can’t find chipotle Tabasco in your area, you can substitute canned chipotles in adobo sauce and adjust the amount to suit your taste.
This recipe is just a suggestion of how to build your burger tacos. Use your imagination when it comes to creating your own version. Depending on your taste, make your burger taco as mild or as spicy as you like. If you don’t want to make fresh pico de gallo, by all means use your favorite jarred salsa. For my dinner, I went to the Mexican side of the border and served an avocado and tomato salad with my tacos but you could be thinking of the US side of the border and serve your burger tacos with french fries or fried onion rings. One thing that I know will go great with this meal, no matter which side of the border you are thinking about, is an ice-cold Dos Equis beer or a freshly shaken margarita served in a salt rimmed glass with a squeeze of fresh lime. If you a planning a Mexican meal, you might also like one of the following dishes.
All of the recipes that I have shared with you today are full of delicious Mexican flavors. Whether you are planning a Mexican dinner to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year or just want a meal filled with the bright colors and tastes of Mexico, I hope you try the burger tacos with chipotle mayo or one of the other dishes that I have suggested. Buen apetito!