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Grilled Southwest Chipotle Burger

I grew up in Texas and burgers are on the menu at least once a week and I love burgers of all kinds. In Texas ingredients can include jalapeños, chipotle salsas, quesos or cheeses made in Texas or Mexico and can include chile meat sauces. Chipotle means grilled over fire and the tomatoes or chiles are grilled over fire and this gives them a grilled smoky taste.


Chipotle Green Salsa
3 green tomatillo tomatoes
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
1 pound Ground Sirloin
1 pound Ground Chuck
2 tablespoons Cabernet Sauvignon
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup chopped onions
vegetable oil
6 slices of queso fresco
6 sesame buns
6 Romaine lettuce leaves
6 large vine ripened tomato slices
6 large onion slices
fresh ground pepper


Directions Prepare medium hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover or gas grill and preheat to medium high. To make Chipotle Green Sauce grill green tomatillos in grill over fire. Grill until tomatillos are black and sweaty. Peel skins off and mash in a medium bowl,add salt,pepper,sour cream and cilantro. mix well,cover and refrigerate until it is needed. To make patties,combine Sirloin and Chuck meat, Cabernet sauvignon, salt, pepper and chopped onions in a large bowl. Mix well and avoid over mixing. Divide mixture into 6 equal parts and form patties to fit buns. When grill has preheated to medium hot brush grill rack with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Place patties on rack, cover and cook, turn once 6 to 7 minutes or until desired preference. During the last few minutes place sesame buns cut side down on outer edge of rack and lightly toast. Top each patty with a slice of queso fresco and melt. Assemble burgers,place meat with cheese on buns,spread Chipotle green sauce over each burger, place romaine lettuce,tomato slices, onion slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper.Add top bun and serve,makes 6 burgers.


In Texas salsas go on everything, the cooking style is Tex-Mex and this style of cooking has spread throughout the world. Examples of this include, chili meat,nachos,refried pinto beans,texmex Spanish rice, fajitas, flour tacos, guacamole, etc. We have been adding jalapeños,avocados and queso fresco to everything since the last century. Chipotle just means cooking the ingredients which mainly include chiles and tomatoes over a grilled fire. Chipotle has been glamorized in recent years but my mother did this on a hot grill when I was a little boy for years and made chipotle chile salsas and sauces everyday.