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Smashed Taco

Serves 6
Cuisine: Mexican
Category: Burgers, Sandwiches & Salads, On the Grill
This taco is inspired by the smashed burger technique with the added flavor of birria tacos. Smashing the ground beef creates a crusty beef patty while the tortilla yields a flavorful, crispy taco shell. You can make them all at once or work in batches depending on your flat-top space.
Prep Time
20 mins
Other Time
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
  • 2 pounds Certified Angus Beef ® ground beef, 75% lean, divided into 12 portions
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons guajillo chili powder (or dark chili powder), divided
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon bouillon concentrate (or 1 bouillon cube)
  • 1 packet (5 grams) Sazon seasoning mix
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 8 ounces shredded quesadilla cheese (or Monterrey Jack)
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup chopped cilantro
  1. PREP SEASONING AND SAUCE. Combine salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, granulated garlic, granulated onion and black pepper to make taco seasoning; set aside. For sauce, bring 1 cup water to simmer; add 1 teaspoon taco seasoning, 1 teaspoon chili powder, bouillon, Sazon seasoning and hot sauce. Stir sauce to dissolve ingredients; pour into squeeze bottle or glass measuring cup.
  2. SMASH. Roll each portion of ground beef (about 3 ounces each) into a ball; preheat griddle to medium-high. Place balls of ground beef on griddle, leaving plenty of room between each. (Note: sear in batches based on surface space.) Use a large spatula to smash each ball of ground beef extremely thin to a diameter slightly larger than tortilla. Add some remaining seasoning on each patty, squirt each with about 1 tablespoon sauce. Top each with a tortilla.
  3. CREATE TACO. Once beef develops a deep brown crust, flip tortilla side down, making sure to fully scrape up beef and keep crust intact. Evenly top each beef patty with cheese. Once cheese melts and tortillas begin to crisp, top each patty with about 1 tablespoon onion and cilantro. Use spatula edge to press a crease down middle of each patty, fold tortilla over to form taco. Remove from heat; serve with remaining taco sauce.
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