Oaxaca Grilled Cheese

the Oaxaca grilled cheese on brown newsprint paper. In the back...Oaxaca, parsley, and chipotle crema.

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A fun spin on a grilled cheese, this version is made with Oaxaca cheese and crispy bacon. Dip in a chipotle crema for the perfect spicy bite!


8 slices sturdy bread, like sourdough
12 oz ball of Oaxaca cheese, grated
8 slices thick cut bacon
Garlic powder
Chili powder
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce


1. Prepare the bacon. Cook the bacon strips in a large frying pan over medium heat for 10-12 minutes until crispy. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate as you make prepare the rest of the grilled cheese.

2. Melt several tablespoons of butter and coat one side of each slice of bread. Sprinkle with garlic powder, chili powder, and salt. Place this seasoned butter side down in large pan over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned. While the bread is toasting, brush the face up side with more melted butter and sprinkle with additional garlic powder, salt, and chili powder.

3. Once browned, flip to toast the other side. Top with Oaxaca cheese, I used just a little more than 1/3 cup of grated Oaxaca cheese per sandwich. Add two slices of bacon per sandwich. Combine the two pieces of bread and continue cooking and flipping the grilled cheese until the cheese is melted and the bread is browned. Approximately 2-3 minutes.

4. While the grilled cheese is cooking, mix up your chipotle crema. Mix a few tablespoons of crema with a few teaspoons of adobo sauce from the chipotle peppers. I recommend adding a little of the adobo sauce at a time, and then giving a taste. This can get spicy quickly so start with a little, then increase as you want to turn up the heat!

To serve, dip the Oaxaca grilled cheese in the chipotle crema and enjoy!