Taco Burger Sliders are inspired by a favorite childhood treat. Savory taco meat, crisp lettuce, grated cheddar cheese and a dash of hot sauce on a lightly toasted bun.
Taco Burger Sliders
My mom always worked when I was growing up. The years she was at home with me and my brother, she watched others peoples’ kids too. It was just what she did.
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For as long as I can remember she was doing the books for someone. Small local companies mostly, maybe a utility company when I was really young. At one point it was for a guy who made custom exercise equipment.
I would occasionally stop by after school to see her at work, and right next door to the shop was a Taco John’s. My favorite thing to get was a Taco Burger and an order Potato Ole’s. A delicious hybrid of taco and burgerness with a side of deep fried, seasoned, crispy potato heaven.
It has been 20 years since I was back home in Illinois, now my taco burgers are homemade. But still just as yummy as the ones I remember. We love these slider-sized versions which are great on game day. I make a big batch of taco meat and keep it warm in the slow cooker, set out the toppings and let guests build their own taco burger sliders.
A classic taco burger slider has shredded lettuce, grated cheese and a little hot sauce. But don’t let that stop you from adding your fave taco toppings too! This meat mixture is made in a similar fashion to my Campfire Coney Sauce. You add all the ingredients at once to the pot, bring it to boil then simmer until cooked. I love the way the flavors concentrate in this concoction as it reduces and cooks!
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- 1 lean pound ground beef
- 1 cup beef broth or water
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- ½ tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flake
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- 16 slider buns
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- Hot sauce
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
- Add beef, stock and seasonings. Break up beef.
- Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 8-10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Toast buns in oven or stovetop in a skillet.
- Serve taco meat on toasted buns, garnish with lettuce, cheese and hot sauce.