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Tacos de Sincronizada (Grilled Cheese)

Tacos de Sincronizada is a type of taco that is made with a flour tortilla-based sandwich filled with ham, cheese, and other ingredients. The sandwich is then grilled or lightly fried until the cheese melts and the tortillas become crispy, cut into halves or wedges, and served with various toppings, such as salsa, guacamole, or pico de gallo. The ingredients used in Tacos de Sincronizada can vary depending on the recipe and the region of Mexico, but they typically include ham, cheese, and vegetables, such as tomatoes and onions. The sincronizada is sometimes consumed alone, but in most regions of Mexico, it is common to add a regional sour cream, salsa, or guacamole as a topping to make a richer flavor. Tacos de Sincronizada is a popular dish in Mexico and is often served as a light meal or snack

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Cheese lovers, fans of quick meals, and anyone who enjoys fusion cuisine.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 10 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 300-350 calories per serving, high in protein and calcium.

About this Recipe

The term “Sincronizada” means “synchronized” in Spanish, perfectly capturing the harmony of flavors and textures in this dish. Though sometimes mistaken for a quesadilla, Tacos de Sincronizada are distinctive due to the inclusion of ham and the use of two tortillas.

Equipment Required

  • Griddle or non-stick skillet
  • Spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • Flour tortillas: 8 pieces
  • Sliced ham: 8 slices
  • Shredded cheese (mozzarella or cheddar): 2 cups
  • Jalapeños: 1-2, sliced (optional)
  • Butter or oil for cooking: 2 tablespoons


  1. Prep Ingredients: Lay out 4 tortillas and place a slice of ham on each. If using jalapeños, scatter the slices over the ham.
  2. Add Cheese: Sprinkle a generous layer of shredded cheese over the ham.
  3. Top and Press: Place a second tortilla on top of each prepared one, pressing down gently.
  4. Heat Griddle: Preheat a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat and add butter or oil.
  5. Cook: Place the assembled tortillas on the griddle. Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until the tortillas are golden and the cheese has melted.
  6. Cut and Serve: Use a knife or pizza cutter to slice each sincronizada into quarters. Serve immediately.

Side Dishes

  • Pico de Gallo
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole

Storage Options

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Reheat in a skillet or microwave until the cheese is melted.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Turkey or chicken slices can replace ham for a leaner option.
  • Use corn tortillas for a gluten-free version.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Tinga: Chicken tacos with a smoky chipotle sauce.
  • Tacos de Bistec: Simple steak tacos.
  • Tacos de Rajas: Poblano pepper and cheese tacos.

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page.


Tacos de Sincronizada are a delicious fusion of simplicity and comfort. With just a few basic ingredients and a couple of minutes on the griddle, you get a mouth-watering dish that appeals to both kids and adults. Perfect for a quick lunch or a late-night snack, these tacos are sure to become a regular in your meal rotation. Happy cooking!