Chopped Cheese, also known as “a chop cheese“, is a type of sandwich originating from New York City. Found in “bodegas” (convenience stores) throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Upper Manhattan, it is made on a grill with ground beef, onions, and topped by melted cheese and served with lettuce, tomatoes, and condiments on a hero roll.
Also known as one of the most delicious bites New York City has to offer. After being “underground” for quite sometime Whole Foods has “discovered” it and doubled the price. Shameful. For those that want to get their hands on this but live too far I bring you this recipe but with a twist. Tacos! You can taco anything from jerk chicken to roasted cauliflower everything can be taco’d.
As you can see I experienced this greatness three days ago. It is so good it deserved an immediate blog post, no need to put this in an editorial calendar. The streets can’t wait.
Traditional chopped cheese sandwiches use ground beef but I used ground turkey. No fancy pics but don’t let that fool you. This will change your life.
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 1 lb. ground meat
- Goya Adobo
- 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar
- 1 c. finely shredded lettuce
- Mayonnaise (optional)
- Chili powder (optional)
- 4 Tortillas
- Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat and grease with vegetable oil. Add onion and sauté until beginning to soften, then add ground meat and season to taste with Adobo. Use a spatula to break up the beef. When the beef is browned, chop cheese into the ground beef with the same spatula. Remove from heat.
- Prepare four tacos: Load the meat and cheese mixture onto each tortilla, top with lettuce sliced tomatoes, then drizzle with mayo and chili powder. Serve immediately.