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Arizona cheese crisp

An Arizona cheese crisp (simply "cheese crisp" in the region) is an open-faced, flour tortilla covered in shredded cheese.[1] It is put on a metal pizza pan that has been brushed with butter or margarine and put under a broiler until it gets crisp. It is similar to a quesadilla, but distinct in that a cheese crisp is not folded over, and that it is also baked until the tortilla becomes crisp. Common cheeses to use include in various combinations are Oaxaca, Monterey jack, or Cheddar. Cheese crisps sometimes are topped with onions, cilantro, or peppers.[2] The cheese crisp is said to have been made famous by El Charro Café in Tucson, Arizona [3]

Arizona cheese crisp
Arizona Cheese Crisp.jpg
Alternative namesCheese crisp
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsTortillas, cheese

Cheese crisps are ubiquitous in Arizona, but rarely found outside the state other than places popular with Arizona tourists such as Puerto Peñasco and San Diego.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Stern, J.; Stern, M. (2009). 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late: And the Very Best Places to Eat Them. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 306. ISBN 978-0-547-05907-5. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Arizona Cheese Crisp" 7th Space Interactive
  3. ^ "Shaboom's Kitchen" El Charro Cheese Crisp