Green Chili Cheeseburger “Square-ito”

Pairs well with:

White Merlot

Imagine sipping a lighter Merlot. This fresh, pale-pink wine is a nice change from traditional red or white wines.


Green chili sauce:
4 New Mexico green chilies
6 green onions
6 tomatillos
3 garlic cloves
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves
6 corn tortilla chips
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1 pound ground chuck
1 pound ground sirloin
1 tablespoon Steak Seasoning
To assemble:
vegetable oil for brushing on the grill rack
6 nine or ten inch flour tortillas
12 slices Havarti cheese
1/2 head finely shredded iceberg lettuce
12 Haas avocado slices
8 tablespoons sour cream



Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover,or pre-heat a gas grill to medium high. When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with oil. To make the green chili sauce: grill the green chilies, green onions, and tomatillos until the chili skins are blackened, and the green onions and tomatillos are tender. Remove the vegetables to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, letting them steam for about 5 minutes. Peel the chili skins, and remove the seeds and ribs. Transfer the chilies and the rest of the sauce ingredients to a blender and puree. Transfer the puree to a fire proof saucepan and set aside. To make the patties: combine the ground chuck and sirloin with the steak seasoning in a large bowl. Mix well, handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties. Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil. Place the saucepan of the green chili sauce on the grill rack to warm. Place the wrapped tortillas on the outer edge of the rack, or on the top rack of a gas grill, to warm. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once until done to preference, about 4 minutes on each side for medium rare. During the last few minutes of grilling, top each patty with 2 slices of Havarti cheese and cover the grill to assist melting. To assemble: on each tortilla, place 1/2 cup shredded lettuce, 2 avocado slices, 1 tablespoon green chili sauce, and 1 tablespoon of sour cream. Top with a burger patty, and add 1 more tablespoon of green chili sauce. Fold tortilla around the burger patty burrito style, to form a square, invert and serve.