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Cheesy Smashburger Tacos

An image of prepared Cheesy Smashburger Tacos made with ground beef, Pace® Signature Sauces Classic Taco Sauce, Cheddar cheese, flour tortillas, iceberg lettuce, dill pickle and onion.
  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 45 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 0 1 serving

It's kind of obvious why smashburger tacos went viral. It's a burger-taco mashup with all the goodness that comes from smashing the burger (more browning = more flavor!). Would it be greedy if we took it up another notch? What about seasoning the beef with our NEW Classic Taco Sauce, then coating the outsides of the tacos with a layer of crispy Cheddar cheese? This Cheesy Smashburger Tacos recipe has everything—a crisp layer of cheese on the outside, perfectly browned taco-seasoned beef, taco sauce, pickles, onions and shredded lettuce.  We can't wait for you to try them!


  • 1 pound 90% extra lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup Pace® Signature Sauces Classic Taco Sauce (amount divided in recipe steps below)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 4 flour tortilla (6-inch)
  • 1/2 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickle
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion


  • Step 1

    Mix the beef and 4 teaspoons sauce in a bowl. Shape the mixture into 4 patties.  Season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 2

    Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Place 1/4 cup cheese in the center of the skillet.  When the cheese begins to melt, place 1 tortilla on top of the cheese and press down with a spatula so the cheese adheres to the tortilla.  Cook for 1 minute or until the cheese is lightly browned.  Remove the skillet from the heat.  Let stand for 30 seconds.  Transfer the tortilla to a baking sheet, cheese-side up.  Repeat with the remaining cheese and tortillas.  Wipe the skillet clean.

  • Step 3

    Turn the tortillas cheese-side down.  Place 1 beef patty on each tortilla.  Spray the skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.  Add 1 tortilla, beef-side down, to the skillet and immediately press down firmly with a spatula to flatten the beef.  Cook for 3 minutes or until the beef is done.  Transfer to a serving plate, beef-side up.  Wipe the skillet clean.  Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

  • Step 4

    Top with the lettuce, pickles and onion.  Drizzle with the remaining sauce before serving.

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