Homemade Cheesy Gordita Crunch

Homemade Cheesy Gordita Crunch
Homemade Cheesy Gordita Crunch


Seasoned Beef

450 g (1 lb) 80/20 ground beef

7 g (1 tsp) salt

6 g (1 tsp) spoon onion powder

6 g (1 tsp) ground cumin

3 g (1/2 tsp) spoon ground cayenne

3 g (1/2 tsp) spoon ground paprika

Squirt tomato paste

Dash of water

Optional: sprinkle of MSG

Chipotle Chicken

450 g (1 lb) chicken breasts, cubed

30 g (1/4 cup) mayo

1 chipotle in adobo, minced

Sprinkle of ground cumin

5 g (1 tsp) Salt

Spicy Ranch

100 g (1/2 c) sour cream

100 g (1/2 c) mayo

Splash of hot sauce

Sprinkle of ground cumin

Sprikle coriander

7 g (1 tbsp) pickled jalapenos, minced

Juice from 1/4 lime

Sprinkle of salt

Optional: Sprinkle of MSG


Hard shell tacos (wide)

Small pitas*

Iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced

Red onion, diced

Yellow Colby jack cheese, grated


Start the ground beef & prep the chicken: Over medium-high heat, add the ground beef to a pan and the salt, onion powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne. Use a potato masher or metal spatula to break it up as it sears.

In a bowl or cutting board, mix the cubed chicken breast with the mayo, adobo, cumin, and salt. Set aside.

Once the beef is deeply browned and cooked through, add a squirt of tomato paste and a splash of water to deglaze the pan. Mix thoroughly to evenly coat the mixture.

Set aside the beef & sear the chicken: Reserve the beef in a container and wipe out the pan. Over high heat, sear the chicken until cooked through and browned on each side. Remove from pan when done.

Prep the toppings & make the ranch: While the chicken is cooking, thinly slice some lettuce and onions, and then grate the cheese. In a container, thoroughly mix all spicy ranch components and taste for salt & heat, and adjust if necessary.

Assemble: Add a layer of cheese to a pita and melt with a microwave, toaster oven/broiler, or kitchen torch. When the cheese is still warm, surround the hard taco shell so that the two stick together. Fill the taco shell with your desired meat, another layer of grated cheese, spicy ranch, and then lettuce and onion.

Enjoy !!