Chef with beard invents a grilled-cheese ‘taco’ that isn’t a quesadilla

grilledcheesetacoAs our esteemed Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano has pointed out over and over, the taco is American as apple pie.

That’s why we weren’t surprised when we read reports of a marvelous new American “taco” creation, the grilled-cheese taco.

Although we think the so-called Elite Daily’s headline asserting that “You’ll Never Need a Tortilla Again” betrays the bleak gustatory horizons of an editor who has never eaten a proper tortilla (see videos below), we are thankful she included a link to the original recipe.

Originator FoodInMyBeard blog (original recipes and mashups by Dan Whalen) lays out the rationale:

danwhalenGrilled cheese as a taco shell. YES PLEASE. I couldn’t believe it, but after doing some research, I couldn’t find evidence of this being done before! I wanted to make tacos to post today because my agency The Lisa Ekus Group is doing a fun April Fools Day Campaign that revolves around tacos. This was one of the first ideas I came up with and it was super fun and original. And they tasted awesome!

Dear Beard Boy Dan:

We would like to introduce you to the concept of the quesadilla, which is even in the Wikipedia and if it’s on the Internets you know it’s true:

quesadilla (/ˌksəˈdjə/Spanish: [kesaˈðiʝa]) is a wheat tortilla or a corn tortilla filled with cheese, a savoury mixture, and/or vegetables, often cooked on a griddle, then folded in half to form a half-moon shape

Notwithstanding, your recipe, if not entirely new, sounds pretty good if you follow the grilled cheese part but include better meat and veg (NO LECHUGA!) and fresh herbs and spices. As always, ask your doctor if tacos are right for you. Recipe:

  • Start by slicing your bread on a really long bias so you can have big grilled cheeses!
  • I used some sliced jack and grated cheddar.
  • Really press your sandwiches to make them thin.

Continued at the Beard blog….