Cheeseburger Tacos

One of our favorite places to eat in New York City is Alex Stupak’s El Pastor in the East Village. Chef Stupak pushes the envelope with his Mexican-inspired menu every single night. One of his many off-the-charts creations is something that sounds strange, but somehow hits a major home run: Cheeseburger Tacos.  It is truly sublime.

These Cheeseburger Tacos are actually very popular in Mexico, which is where Stupak first got the idea. It blends the cheeseburger, the quintessential American culinary creation, with the taco, the ubiquitous tantalizing Mexican street food, and creates something decadent, but amazing. Of course, making the flour tortillas and the salsa roja from scratch makes it even better. Seek out a good Mexican melting cheese, like Chihuahua, but if that’s unavailable, Monterery Jack will do in a pinch.  These Cheeseburger Tacos are something to behold. 130% Loon Approved. 

Cheeseburger Tacos

Cheeseburger Tacos

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Mexican-American
Keyword: Tacos
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Author: Adapted from Alex Stupak
These Cheeseburger Tacos are sinfully delicious. They bring together two classic foods, cheeseburgers and tacos, and the result is sublime. The homemade flour tortillas and salsa roja puts it over the top! Amazing!



  • 1 TSP pork lard or vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 lb Chihuahua cheese grated


  • Flour Tortillas click for recipe, warmed
  • Salsa Roja click for recipe
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 plum tomatos thinly sliced
  • 2 avocados pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium white onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 limes cut into wedges



  1. Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add the lard.
  2. Once the fat is shimmering, add the ground beef and cook, stirring, until crumbly and browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, taste, and add more, if desired.
  4. Add the grated cheese and stir until completely melted, about 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat.


  1. Lay out the warm tortillas on serving plates.
  2. Place a tablespoon of mayonnaise on each tortilla and spread, using the back of a spoon.
  3. Evenly distribute the cheeseburger filling among the tortillas and top with the tomato, avocado, onion, cilantro and a drizzle of the Salsa Roja.
  4. Squeeze a couple of the limes wedges overs the tacos and serve the rest on the side.


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