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Mexican burger with fork on plate

Denver’s Famous Mexican Burger

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 75 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Mexican/American


Though this may seem very Tex-Mex, this Mexican burger encased in a tortilla spread with refried beans, and smothered in green chile is famous in Denver!


Units Scale

Green Chile Recipe Here (I doubled this to get 8 servings.)

Refried Beans 1 large can 28 oz

1 t cumin

1 t oregano

1 t garlic powder

2 T bacon grease

6 slices bacon

1/2 c sour cream

Salt and Pepper

Chicken Broth

6 flour Large tortillas 10″ (not burrito size)

6 c finely grated sharp cheddar cheese

3 diced tomatoes

1 bunch scallions

2 lbs ground chuck

Morton’s kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder




Prepare green chile.

Prepare refried beans. Cook bacon in a non-stick skillet until crisp. Reserve bacon grease and bacon.

In the same skillet with 2 T of bacon grease add refried beans and seasonings. Heat and whisk until blended. Taste for seasonings. Add sour cream for consistency and flavor. Stir in chicken broth if mixture gets too thick. Keep warm until ready to use.

Stir garlic powder, salt and pepper into ground beef. Shape into 8 ¼ lb patties. Set aside until ready to fry.

Heat a cast iron skillet until hot. Add patties without crowding. Season again and cook for approximately 2.30 minutes on each side.

To assemble: Heat tortillas in a moist paper towel for 45 seconds. Place individually on oven-proof plates. Spread ⅓ c refried beans on each tortilla. Top with burger. Fold over tortilla. Cover with ½ c grated cheddar cheese. Place under broiler to melt cheese. Remove and spoon green chile around entire plate. Take out and garnish with lettuce and tomatoes. Sprinkle bacon and chicharrones, cilantro and scallions on top.

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