Rethinking Cheese on Tacos

Cheese on tacos is usually boring and bland, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Cheese has some pretty cool properties: It can be melted and crisped.

I regularly tweak my taco meat recipe, so last week I was searching for inspiration while I probably should have been working. I stumbled across an article from Serious Eats where Josh Bousel argues that we are going about cheese on our tacos all wrong. Instead of  just sprinkling cheese on our tacos like n00bs, we ought to melt our cheese directly to the tortilla. You should read his article.

I tried it and I don’t think I can ever go back.?????

Breifly, you melt the cheese in a non-stick pan and then throw down a tortilla (corn works best) over half of it. Once the cheese starts to crisp and the tortilla is warm, remove the pan from heat and carefully slide a spatula under the tortilla and cheese to remove your new creation.

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It works on breakfast tacos and regular tacos alike, as well as with a variety of cheeses. The cheese is crispy and crunchy around the edges, still a little gooey on the tortilla, and has a deep, rich flavor.

Read Josh’s recipe on Serious Eats, then run to the nearest kitchen and give it a try!


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Radish Cilantro Slaw

Do you have a bunch of radishes that you don’t know what to do with? Try making this delicious topping for your next batch of tacos.

I came up with this after buying a container of beautiful radishes from the local farmers’ market, only to return home and discover that we already had a full bag in the fridge. After making a batch of quick pickles out of them, I came up with this to put on our tacos. Amanda and I liked it so much that we ate it two nights in a row.

Radish Cilantro Slaw

  • 1 bunch of radishes
  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro (Note: If you don’t like cilantro or are part of the population for which it tastes like soap, you could use parsley instead. It won’t have the same flavor, but will still be good!
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/2 of a lime

Grate the radishes, chop the cilantro, and slice the green onions. Mix these together in a bowl and squeeze the juice from 1/2 of a lime on top. Mix it again and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Grated RadishesChopped CilantroFresh-Squeezed Lime Juice

This makes a great topping for chicken tacos:

Chicken Tacos with Radish Cilantro Slaw