Submitted by Belqui Ortiz-Millili of Belqui’s Twist for Casa M Spice Co.
This super-juicy queso blanco burger adds a lot of Latino love to Americans’ go-to grilling staple. But because she adds a Latino twist to everything she cooks, this July 4th one of our favorite Dominican homecooks, Belqui Millilli-Ortiz of food blog Belqui’s Twist fame, is spicing up her fireworks feast with this delicioso recipe starring white cheese dip and mucho seasoning.
“I will make these burgers, plus: ribs, potato salad, rice, and I’m still debating on what else,” she says. True to her Latino roots, this Arizona-based cocinera will spice up each burger with her spicy dip made with white cheese, a dash or two of Casa M Spice Co.’s Chain Reaction spice blend, whole milk, and optional diced tomatoes, scallions and diced jalapeños—or whatever fresh chile she happens to have in her fridge.
Belqui’s choice of chile may vary, but her non-negotiable ingredient is sprinkling Casa M spice blend Cattle Drive over both sides of each burger, she says. Hand-crafted with black pepper, onion, and other secret spices in its proprietary formula, this mix of spices is designed to bring out the natural flavors of beef. Plus: It is low-salt, made with all-natural ingredients, and adds a light touch of sugar that helps form a bark that caramelizes as the beef patty sizzles on the grill.
If you need to stock up your spice cabinet, Casa M Spice Co. is extending through July 4th week its special offer for the Familia Kitchen and Belqui’s Twist community of homecooks and home grillers. Enter the code CDSAVE20 when you order Casa M’s Cattle Drive spice blend for beef—and save 20%.
In addition to her bold spicing strategy, it’s all about using this white cheese dip instead of the expected slice of melted queso, says Belqui. ”The queso dip gives it a great extra kick.”
When Belqui spoons the cheese over the just-grilled patties, everyone gets hamburger happy, Belqui reports. Especially her two sons. ”My kids just love them. We make some type of burger every Friday, pretty much. And living in Arizona, we are able to grill every weekend of the year if we want to—so it is perfect.”
One final Belqui burger tip: The secret to a killer hamburguesa is the shape of the patty, she says. She advises pressing ¼ pound of ground beef into 4-inch circles that are slightly smushed on the top and bottom—think: more disc than orb. ”I love a juicy patty that isn’t too thick. Because you really want to be able to bite into the burger in one shot, and get all the ingredients in your mouth. And what I really love about this particular recipe is how the queso topping is wet, almost like ketchup or mustard, so that it rolls down the sides of the grilled beef with every bite. I love the idea that it provides each patty with even more flavor and juiciness.”
Tienes hambre, yet? Us too. Here’s to your own festive July 4th gathering. If you’re the host, we got you covered with this Latino-style burger. Because: spice is nice, and queso is king. All you have to do is stir up a batch of the creamy cheese dip, fire up the grill, and invite your crew over for a delicioso burger fest they’ll remember a long, long time, Belqui promises.