The humble taco has been around for several centuries. Jump ahead to 2023 and smash burger tacos are a social media sensation. What the heck is a smash burger? Well, it turns out that in 2007 two guys decided to open a burger joint. The idea was to offer high-quality burgers (never-frozen beef) smashed on the grill to create a caramelized crust. How did the smash burger taco become so popular on social media? That’s a question I do not have an answer to. However, I am very happy someone came up with the idea! The other day I posted about my homemade taco seasoning and confessed that I had not made tacos in a very long time. That is, until now. These smash burger tacos are over-the-top flippin’ delicious!
you will need
454g (1 lb) ground beef
grated cheddar cheese
special sauce (mayo, yoghurt, ketchup)
Season ground meat with one tablespoon of taco seasoning (use more if you like). Divide meat into four balls. Use a non-stick pan large enough to accommodate the size of the tortilla (I used a 6-inch tortilla). Place pan over medium heat and space out the balls of meat. Gently flatten each ball. Place a tortilla over each ball and press down such that the meat spreads to the edges of the tortilla or as close as you can get it. Use the base of a heavy saucepan to flatten the meat if you’re not comfortable using your hands. Allow to cook for 5 minutes before flipping over. Once flipped cook for one minute. Using a spatula, remove from heat. Dress the smash burger tacos with special sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese.
the culinary chase’s note:
I didn’t have a pan large enough so I used a roasting pan. You could also use a paella pan. Enjoy!