"You can serve this with fries, potato tots, or tortilla chips. We love Late July Chipotle or Bacon Habanero chips." —Rach


Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary


This recipe originally appeared in our Winter/Spring 2022 issue. Get the magazine here.  


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  • Make salsa: In a medium bowl, combine onion, chile, and juice of 1 lime. Let stand for a few minutes. Add tomatoes and cilantro, stirring until combined.

  • In a separate bowl, mash avocados with hot sauce and juice from remaining lime. Salt to taste.

  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, combine beef, crushed tortilla chips, cumin, coriander, oregano, garlic, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and a large pinch of salt and pepper. Mix until just combined and form into 4 thin patties. Coat skillet with cooking spray. Add patties and cook to desired temperature, turning occasionally, about 8 minutes total for medium. During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with a slice of pepper Jack cheese and the second cheese of your choice (2 slices total); let melt.

  • Build burgers starting with the bun bottom, followed by salsa, lettuce, patty, avocado mash, and the bun top.