Have you heard about Smash Tacos? They are quirky, they are unexpectedly finger licking delicious, and they are the latest food sensation.
Don’t under estimate this hand held meal as just the latest media food-fad. One bite into it, and I bet you will do a little happy dance, munching a mouthful and savoring the familiar taste in new form.
Smash Tacos… Smash Burger Tacos… Big Mac Tacos!! Spread globally with different names, one look at Insta or Tiktok, and they are everywhere. They are taking the world by BIG storm!!
Smash Tacos are a mouthwatering fusion of two iconic fast-food favorites: the Big Mac from McDonald’s and traditional tacos. This tantalizing creation brings together the best of both worlds in a way that’s nothing short of extraordinary!
It’s like the classic burger and trendy taco bumped into each other and decided, “Hey, let’s join forces!”
Smash Burgers have been quite popular for a few years, and some genius somewhere decided to smash the hamburger with tacos instead of in between a bun. And rest is history!!
This works so well, as the meat is cooked on high heat pressing down on a hot griddle, caramelizing perfectly to golden brown, and creating beautiful flavors. The tacos on top, when flipped, gets crispy and charred.
All that’s needed then is to load it with your favorite toppings and a good drizzle of delicious Mac sauce. Voila!! Big Mac Tacos, aka Smash Tacos.
The best part – Actual cook time is just 5 minutes tops… 🙂
Why People Can’t Help But Fall in Love with Big Mac Tacos
1. Nostalgic Flavors: Combining the iconic Big Mac with everyone’s favorite tacos brings back memories of favorite fast-food experiences, while adding a fresh twist.
2. Culinary Adventure: It’s a burger! It’s a taco! It’s both! Smash Tacos offer a playful culinary mashup that’s perfect for those who love a tasty adventure.
3. Customizable Creation: Want extra special sauce? More pickles? You can make these tacos your way, tailoring the ingredients and toppings to your taste.
4. Perfect for Parties: Serve them at a gathering, and watch them become the star of the show. They’re a fun and conversation-starting dish that guests will love.
5. Instagrammable Appeal: They’re as photogenic as they are delicious. Snap a picture of your Big Mac Tacos, and watch the likes roll in!
6. Easy and Quick to Make: You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to whip up Smash Tacos. They’re fun and quick, without needing fancy equipment.
7. Finger-Licking, Head-Nodding Delicious: With the juicy beef, creamy sauce, and crunchy lettuce all wrapped in a taco shell, every bite is a flavorful surprise, keeping your taste buds entertained.
Smash Taco/Big Mac Taco Ingredients
- For Mac Sauce – Mayonnaise, ketchup, dijon mustard, sugar, white vinegar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, relish. This sauce is absolutely bomb on any burger.
- For Burgers – Ground beef (or any ground meat of your choice), salt and freshly cracked pepper.
- Tortillas – We prefer Flour tortillas for smash tacos. You can use corn tortillas. Make smaller hamburger balls, as they are smaller in size and more delicate.
- American cheese – It’s not Big Mac Tacos unless it’s American cheese slices. They melt wonderfully. Saying that, you can always customize your burger with the cheese of your choice.
- Toppings – Today we used shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced dill pickles and diced tomatoes.
Big Mac Taco Recipe
1. Make Mac Sauce: Mix together all the ingredients for Big Mac Sauce in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
2. Make toppings ready: Dice tomatoes, shred the lettuce, and chop the pickles before starting with the tacos. Smash tacos happen fast, and you want them ready to serve before getting cold.
3. Make smash tacos ready: Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions (about 4oz each). Roll each portion into a ball. Press each ball onto a tortilla, and flatten with your fingers, making sure to press it flat all the way to the edges. Season with salt and pepper. Have them all ready before you begin cooking.
4. Smash the tacos: Heat a large griddle, Blackstone or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, spray with cooking spray. Place tortillas with the beef side down. Smash using a press or a large spatula. Leave for 3 to 3.5 minutes, or until until golden brown and caramelized, and then flip.
5. Melt the cheese: Lower the heat to medium low. Place one American cheese slice on top of each beef patty, and place a lid on for a minute or so, to help the cheese melt and the tortillas brown up and become crispy.
6. Load the tacos with your favorite toppings: Take tacos off the heat, top with lettuce, toppings of your choice, and the Mac sauce. Fold them like tacos and enjoy.
Tips and Tricks for BEST Smash Tacos
- Choose the right meat: Ground beef with a fat ratio of 80/20 adds juiciness. Anything too lean won’t result in juicy burgers.
- Tortilla Selection: We prefer flour tortillas for smash tacos, as they hold up better and are much sturdier than corn tacos. If using corn tortillas, use smaller amounts of meat.
- Perfect the Mac Sauce: The Big Mac sauce is a game-changer. Find the right blend of mayonnaise, mustard, and spices. Experiment until you get that irresistible taste! Original Big Mac sauce does not have ketchup in the mix, but we feel it’s indispensable.
- Preheat the griddle: Ensuring the griddle is at the right temperature is essential. Aim for a medium-high heat for the perfect sear.
- Oil the griddle: Use a high-smoke-point oil like canola or vegetable oil. A light coat will prevent sticking and help in getting that golden crunch. Do not use a ton of oil. We recommend using oil spray to get a thin layer.
- Lower the heat to medium low after flipping: This ensures tacos do not get too charred, as you need time to melt the cheese.
- Use fast-melting cheese: When you flip the tacos, place the cheese on top and cover with a lid to help it melt. You need cheese that melts fast, otherwise the tortillas might burn by the time cheese is melted. That’s why American cheese slices are perfect for the recipe.
- Serve Immediately: Big Mac Tacos taste best when served right away. Don’t let them sit for too long, or they might become soggy. If you’re making them for a crowd on a smaller griddle, you can keep them warm in the oven at 250°F on a wire rack, so that they don’t get soggy.
Possible Smash Taco Variations
We love the Big Mac theme, but there are so many other directions you can go with Smash Burger Tacos…
1. Swap the meat: You can use lighter ground meats like ground turkey or ground chicken. We can see ground lamb or bison great for this smash taco recipe.
2. Tortilla change: Try it with corn tortillas, just remember to use less meat.
3. Breakfast smash tacos: Use breakfast sausage for breakfast smash tacos. You can even fry an egg on the griddle and add it to the taco.
3. Different toppings: Try diced avocado, Pico de Gallo, guacamole, died onions, or arugula for flavor change.
4. Play with cheese: Use any cheese of your choice. It might not melt completely in the given time without burning the tortillas, but still taste awesome in burger tacos.
5. Mushroom Swiss smash burger tacos: We just love regular burgers topped with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and Swiss cheese. That topping combo is equally great here.
We do not recommend these tacos as leftovers, as they should be enjoyed fresh and crispy. Plan and cook just as many as needed for your friends and family. Chances of them remaining as leftovers is pretty slim as it is.
If you make too many meatballs, no worries. Just refrigerate them on a plate covered in cling wrap until ready to use.
Smash Burger Tacos, the delightful duo you never knew you needed in your life, but now you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. Try them ASAP!! One bite will surely put a grin on your face.
This Smash Taco recipe is great for a Blackstone griddle, where you can make many smash tacos at the same time. It’s a favorite to cook with griddle enthusiasts. Check out our other favorite Blackstone Recipes too.
Perfect for gatherings, these tacos are not only a conversation starter, but a taste sensation that everyone will love. Find out what the rest of the world is raving about. Join the fun and give these smash tacos a try!
More Great Taco Recipes
Smash Taco, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 2 Tbsp relish
- 1lbs ground beef
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste, freshly cracked
- 4 slices American Cheese
- 4 flour tortillas (regular size)
Serving (see note 1)
- shredded iceberg lettuce
- sliced dill pickles
- diced tomatoes
- Mix together all the ingredients for Big Mac sauce in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Make your toppings ready by dicing tomatoes, shredding lettuce and slicing pickles before starting with the tacos.
- Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions (about 4oz each). Roll each portion into a ball.
- Using your fingers, press the ground meat onto the tortilla, making sure you press it flat all the way to the edges, in an even and thin layer. Season them with salt and pepper. Have them all ready before you begin cooking.
- Heat a large griddle, Blackstone, or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, spray with oil.
- Place tortillas on the griddle with the beef side down. Smash them using a press or a large spatula. Cook for 3 to 3.5 minutes, or until until beef is golden brown and caramelized, and then flip.
- Lower the heat to medium low. Place American cheese slices on top of the beef. Cover with a lid for a minute or so, until cheese melts and the tortillas brown up and become crispy. (see note 2)
- Remove from heat, top with lettuce, and other toppings of your choice, along with the prepared sauce. Fold them like tacos and enjoy!
- Try other optional toppings here like Pico de Gallo, guacamole, diced onion or diced avocado.
- This recipe is great for Blackstone griddle, where you can make many smash tacos at the same time. If you are using a regular griddle or skillet, and making 1-2 tacos at a time, they might get cold before serving. To keep them warm, place them in the oven at 250°F on a cooling rack so that they don't get soggy.
- We use flour tortillas, as they are sturdier, but you can use corn tortillas. They are a little smaller and more delicate, so make smaller ground beef balls.
- You can swap ground beef with ground turkey or any other ground meat of your choice.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 751Total Fat 49gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 30gCholesterol 128mgSodium 1248mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 40g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.
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