Crispy Cheese Tacos Recipe

Tacos with crispy cheese overflowing the tortilla. Joshua Bousel

Why It Works

  • Using gentle heat helps ensure even cooking and avoids burning the cheese.
  • Placing the tortilla on the cheese after it has melted ensures the cheese adheres without overcooking the tortilla.
  • Letting the cheese cool in the skillet makes it easier to remove with a spatula.

Grated cheese is a common taco topping, but it's also a boring one, failing to take advantage of the cheese's best assets: its melting and crisping abilities. The solution is the here with these crispy cheese tacos, in which we fuse melted, crisped cheese to a tortilla, which can then be stuffed with all sorts of fillings.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 4 ounces grated parmesan, Manchego, Cheddar, or other hard or semi-hard cheese

  • 8 corn tortillas


  1. Arrange 1/2 ounce of cheese on one side of a non-stick skillet in a 5- by 2-inch rectangle. Turn heat to medium-low. When cheese begins to melt, place 1 tortilla on top of cheese so that roughly half the cheese is covered by the tortilla.

  2. Let cheese cook until it turns an even golden brown color. Remove pan from heat and let stand until cheese cools and firms up slightly.

  3. Carefully slide a thin spatula under cheese and remove tortilla from pan. Fill as desired (see note) and serve immediately. Repeat with remaining cheese and tortillas.

Special equipment

Non-stick skillet


Crispy Cheese Tacos can be filled with all sorts of fillings. Some ideas include carnitas; chile verde; chicken tinga; seasoned ground beef; beef barbacoa; or making a breakfast taco with scrambled eggs and either pico de gallo or salsa verde.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
112 Calories
5g Fat
13g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 112
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 70mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)