Here’s a clone recipe for a delicious new burger from Chili’s
unlike any you may have tasted before. It was designed by
the folks at this popular chain to incorporate several of
restaurant’s prepared sides — all of which you will now
have clones for — including Chili’s chili queso, Chili’s
pico de gallo, and Chili’s guacamole. Stack it all onto a
bun with a juicy 1/4-pound ground beef patty and some crumbled
tortilla chips for crunch, and you’ve got a slightly spicy,
South-of-the-border taste. Muy bien, amigos!
Pico de Gallo
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup diced Spanish onion
2 teaspoons chopped fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and de-ribbed
2 teaspoons finely minced fresh cilantro
Pinch of salt
2 small or 1 large Haas avocado
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/4 cup diced tomato
1/2 teaspoon diced jalapeno
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 ounces ground beef
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
pinch of ground black pepper
16-ounce bottle Cheez Whiz
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 pounds ground beef
4 large sesame seed buns
2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded or chopped thin
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 green onion, chopped
16-20 tortilla chips
2-3 fresh jalapenos, sliced
1. First make the pico de gallo. This is easy. Just combine all
of the ingredients for the pico in a small bowl and mix well.
Cover bowl and chill in the refrigerator.
2. Now we’ll make the guacamole. In a small bowl, smash up most
of the avocado, but be sure to leave several unsmashed chunks.
Add the remaining ingredients for the guacamole to the avocado
and mix well. Cover bowl and chill in the refrigerator, next to
3. Next we’ll make the chili queso. In yet another small bowl, mix
together ground beef, flour, a pinch of salt, a pinch of black
pepper, and a pinch of chili powder. Use your hands to work the
dry ingredients into the ground beef. Brown the beef in a small
skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Use a spoon or
spatula to crumble the beef as it cooks. Cook until it’s brown,
then set aside.
4. Melt the Cheez Whiz with 2 tablespoons of milk over low heat.
When milk and cheese has been combined, add the remaining queso
ingredients. Heat while stirring often until cheese is smooth
and creamy, then cover saucepan and remove it from the heat.
5. Pre-heat a griddle or large frying pan over medium heat.
Lightly butter the face of each bun and brown the buns face-down
on the heat.
6. Separate the ground beef into four 1/2-pound portions. Roll
each portion of meat into a ball and then pat the meat down into
a circular patty slightly larger in diameter than the hamburger
buns. Cook the hamburger patties for 5-10 minutes per side, until
done. Lightly salt and pepper each burger patty.
7. Build the burger open-faced in the following order starting
with the bottom bun:
On Bottom Bun
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
2 tablespoons chili queso
4 or 5 crumbled tortilla chips
2 teaspoons green onion
On Top Bun
1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons pico de gallo
2 tablespoons guacamole
4 jalapeno slices
Serve burger with extra queso and guacamole. May also serve french
fries on the side and use the chili queso for dipping.
Makes 4 burgers.