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Chose only a sub category – A NYC Eatery Is Serving Customers Cheeseburger Tacos And People Are Asking Why

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An upscale taquería in New York City called Empellón Al Pastor is boasting a new taco flavor it “borrowed” from a taquería in Mexico City. This might be worse than the broccoli, potato and eggs taco that The New York Times published.

Insider shared a video of the chef and founder of Empellón Al Pastor Alex Stupak saying it like it is.

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Twitter user @scifilovr’s response? “911 I’d like to report a crime in progress…”

The chef went to Mexico City and visited El Rey del Taco and was interested in their cheeseburger taco. From that moment, Stupak knew he needed to take this dish from Mexico City and bring it to his customers in New York City.

He has been able to get people’s attention while serving up the same dish he saw on the menu in Mexico City.

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“We borrowed it from a famous little taqueria in Mexico City and we loved the idea that they took such an American food… the cheeseburger and made it into something so deliciously Mexican,” he tells Insider.

It’s made of a “hamburger patty mixed with cheese.”

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Twitter user Master Pesina wonders, “Why all this crap came from NY?… Why? freaking “new era” chefs.”

Stupak calls the taco “the perfect hangover food.”

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In a way, Stupak is right in saying that this taco “eggs you on to have another shot of tequila.” Greasy foods are the perfect cure for a hangover so it kind of makes sense that this delicious treat exists.

Mexicans on Twitter are at an absolute loss for words.

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The chef is calling it a “hybrid taco.” Honestly, it is a questionable dish at first. However, the more you think about it, the more interesting it becomes. However, do we know that the taco in Mexico City isn’t done with picadillo and then cheese is added?

Some people are really, really bothered by the cheeseburger taco, despite the fact it does have roots in Mexico City.

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Each individual taco sells for $5 each. While the price of the tacos is a little much, we are curious about how it tastes. Who wants to send us some of these tacos?

Okay, some people had questions.

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Like, why? And one Twitter user just straight labeled this what it is: “porquería.” No one should be eating tacos with a fork. That’s why the filling is put in the tortilla so you can just, you know, eat it.

Mostly, la gente are upset to see ‘salsa roja’ turn into ketchup.

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Why is that tomato not salsa? Why is the guacamole so naked and afraid?

Plus, the mix of “lime mayo” with ketchup is shocking.

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The ingredients seem to be the most upsetting part of the cheeseburger taco. Sure, the taco might be delicious and the idea behind it is pretty cool but it is just changing too much too fast.

Another Mexicana thinks everyone is being way too judgmental.

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There is nothing wrong with trying to protect your culture. However, there are moments when cultures collide and things come together to create amazing foods.

What do you think?

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Would you eat the cheeseburger taco? Do you think it is going too far? Is it okay for the chef to take the dish from a taqueria in Mexico City to sell it in New York City? Let us know.

READ: Cafe Ohlone Gives Diners A Taste Of California’s Oldest Most Traditional Foods

22 Of The Laziest Things People Have Ever Done To Food

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22 Of The Laziest Things People Have Ever Done To Food

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Let’s face it, food is great. Eating is great. Meals are great. But you know what’s even better? Effortless food. Whether it’s storing it, cooking it, or eating it, sometimes the lazy man’s way of dealing with food is the best way*. And so, we’ve found 22 food hacks for all you lazy people out there who need to feel seen every now and again.

*Disclaimer: it’s not necessarily the tastiest way. But it definitely saves time and effort. That’s something, right?

1. Buy frozen vegetables.

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There are so many reasons why frozen vegetables are a boon for lazy people. They’re healthy, for starters. Plus, you don’t have to chop or wash them – they’re already prepared! And since they’re frozen, you don’t have to worry about them going rotten if you don’t finish them quickly. There are so many good reasons to buy frozen vegetables, we can’t mock lazy people for investing whatever minuscule energy they have into using them in meals.

2. Embrace one-pan meals.

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The oven is a lazy babe’s best friend. Bell peppers, onion and thinly sliced chicken on an oiled foil-covered oven tray cook nicely in an oven. And if you flavor them with taco seasoning, you’ll suddenly have one-tray fajitas. You’re welcome.

3. Heat raw egg with instant noodles.

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If you’re keen on adding some egg to your two-minute noodles, then try stopping the microwave halfway through its cycle and add a raw egg, before starting the microwave again. By the time you take out your food, your egg will be fully cooked, and you’ll have a hella delicious instant meal.

4. Use a slow-cooker.

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Owning an Instant Pot means that you automatically have a way of cooking your vegetables, meat, and whatever else without having to constantly check on your food. Just chuck all of your ingredients in, leave it for a few hours, and voila – you have yourself a delicious meal.

5. Cook bacon in the oven.

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Just like one-pan meals, all you need to do is line a baking tray with foil or baking paper, lay bacon out on it, and then bake the goods at 400ºF for 20 minutes. Think about it: there’s no smoke, no mess, and no oil spitting at you. It’s a win-win trick.

6. Grate garlic and ginger.

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Recipe instructions that call for finely chopped garlic or ginger are the worst. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Try using a cheese grater to prepare your food, instead.

7. Wash your knife in cold water to chop onions. 

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Ask any lazy person and they’ll tell you: chopping onions is tear-inducing. However, rinsing your knife in cold water before you start slicing will stop onion juices from spurting everywhere – and preserve your sinuses. 

8. Cut mushrooms with an egg slicer.

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Imagine: you’ve been chopping your mushrooms all these years with a knife when you could have been using an egg slicer instead. This trick applies to strawberries, too.

9. Check the ripeness of your avocados through the stem.

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Ever experienced the sadness of cutting an avocado in half, and discovering it’s basically rotten on the inside? Well, you never have to worry about that again! If you try to remove the stem from that pesky avocado and the entire stem comes off, then you know it’s too ripe. If there’s still a little stem left, then it’s just right!

10. Use a potato masher to make guacamole.

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Once you’ve found your perfectly-ripe avocado, it’s time to make guacamole! Use a potato masher on your avocado to pulverize it in seconds.

11. Prevent drying in the microwave.

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On the one hand, reheating pizza in the oven takes too long. On the other hand, there’s nothing more disappointing than using the microwave and finding your pizza is ruined, rather than heated nicely. But, you never have to worry about that again – if you put a cup of water in the microwave with your pizza.

12. Change the way you cut your meat.

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If you slice beef across the grain, it makes it easier to chew.

13. Reduce the ingredients in a cake.

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A standard quick cake recipe asks for butter, egg, oil and cake mix. But, you can swap out the butter, egg, and oil with soda, and still make one hella tasty cake.

14. Skip peeling potatoes.

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If you’re making mashed potatoes and just aren’t emotionally in a place where you can be bothered to spend precious time peeling, there’s a way around it. Try boiling the potatoes first. Once they’ve cooled, you can pull the potato skin off with your bare hands. It’s easy

15. Keep your cake for longer.

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It’s time to rethink the way you slice cake! If you want consistently delicious cake, try cutting and removing slices from the middle, and press the rest of the cake together. By keeping the middle unexposed to air, you’ll keep your cake fresh, for longer.

16. Don’t waste mango.

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Rather than spending precious time trying to slice mango just right with a knife so that you don’t waste any delicious fruit, consider using the edge of a glass to cut it, instead. All you need to do is cut half off the mango and then slide the piece vertically along the edge of a glass. The edible bit will fall into the glass, and you’ll be left with the skin in your hand to throw away.

17. Stop washing dishes.

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If you wrap your dishes in clingfilm before you put food on them, it means you can eat with the knowledge that you’ll have zero cleaning to do afterward. All you’ll have to do is throw out the plastic wrap!

18. Cook two pizzas on the one oven tray.

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Cut your two pizzas in half, and then lay the straight edges of the pizza against the edges of the oven tray. You’ll fit way more pizza on there.

19. Use a sieve to mash potatoes.

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Push your boiled potatoes through a sieve, and just watch it mash itself. It’s that easy.

20. Reheat pasta with an added hole.

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If you make a hole in the middle of your pasta before you put it in the microwave, that’ll allow your food to heat up quicker. To be honest, you don’t have to do this trick with just pasta – it’ll work with most leftovers that you put in the microwave.

21. Microwave two bowls of food at the same time.

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Elevate one of your bowls in the microwave by putting a mug underneath it. That’ll make enough room for two bowls to be heated at once. Heck. Yeah.

22. Stop washing knives.

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Try cutting a cake with dental floss. You get a cleaner cut, and there’s no knife to wash afterward!

What are your lazy person tricks that you use in the kitchen? Let us know about them on Twitter by clicking the icon at the top of the page!

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