Ooey Gooey Mexican Grilled Cheese


I live with a 4-year old and a guy who eats grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast.

So, as you can imagine, we make a lot of grilled cheese around here.

What’s interesting is that as much as I like to cook and come up with fun, exciting twists to recipes, we typically just make plain ol’ grilled cheese–you know, with Velveeta cheese.  And if we really want to fancy it up, we add some lunch meat.

I’ve always wanted to be the fancy-pants mom who makes gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches for her family.  The only problem is that my family really isn’t “gourmet” and probably wouldn’t come within a 10-foot radius of an arugala asiago grilled cheese.  And since I’m too lazy to make a fancy sandwich for me and a second (boring) sandwich for them, we all just usually end up eating the same thing.

Not anymore.

Guys, a whole new world has been opened for me on grilled cheese sandwiches, and I’m determined to try them all.

But apparently, I’m still in Cinco de Mayo mode, because I started out my foray into “fancy” grilled cheese by choosing a Mexican version.  Here’s my cast of characters:


Holy cow guys, these were so yummy.  The Tall Boy even went back and fixed a second sandwich!  He and Doodle decided on the name for this one: Ooey Gooey Grilled Mexican Cheese.  Yep, this might just be a new household favorite!  I found the recipe over at Grilled Cheese Social – which has to be about the most amazing grilled cheese site I’ve ever seen.

Now, we like things spicy around our place, so I used fresh, sliced jalepeños and left the seeds in.  But if you’re not into that kind of thing, just use pickled jalepeños for a bit of the flavor, but a little less heat.

Ooey Gooey Mexican Grilled Cheese
  • 2 slices of thick bread (we used an Italian loaf)
  • ¼ cup of shredded Mexican melting cheese
  • ¼ cup roasted corn
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup grilled shredded chicken
  • 4 to 5 jalepeno slices
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 tablespoon tablespoon of cumin butter (combine softened butter, a pinch of garlic salt, 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 teaspoon chile powder)
  1. Smear some of the cumin butter on a slice of bread and place, butter side down, on your warm griddle.
  2. Working quickly, pile on some shredded cheese, corn, chicken, jalepenos, and more cheese.
  3. Top with another slice of buttered bread.
  4. Grill, 3-5 minutes per side, or until lightly golden.
  5. Before serving, squeeze a lime wedge on top.

I’m linking up over at Mom’s Crazy Cooking Challenge today, and if you haven’t checked out Tina’s site, you should. She’s got some great stuff over there.


Check out my previous Challenge entries:

Blueberry Muffins with Coconut-Lime Glaze
Spicy Bolognese
Dark Chocolate Cake with Hot Chocolate Buttercream
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Eggnog Fudge
Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

And be sure to check out all of the other great recipes from this month’s participants!

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, and Weekend Potluck!


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  1. Thanks for sharing the site! I will be heading over there and trying out this amazing recipes soon. I too was in Cinco de Mayo kitchen mode.

    Come check out #6 if you get a chance. We had a blast with the Guinness Grilled Cheese!

  2. Cumin butter?! That sounds amazing! We love everything Mexican, so this will be a must try in our household. Check out my breakfast grilled cheese (#43) if you get a chance!

  3. Yum! I can’t believe this sandwich – it looks amazing!

    I’m number #47 and no where near as flavorful as this seems!
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  4. Oh, I so love mexican flavors! That cumin butter is awesome!
    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy recently posted..Crunchy Cabbage & Avocado Grilled CheeseMy Profile

  5. Love it!

  6. I just drooled on my keyboard! I am adding this to the massive list of grill cheeses I need to make
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  7. My hubby would totally go for this one, and the spicier the better!

  8. looks so good – I LOVE your blog – new follower


  9. Oooh fun twist on the grilled cheese!! I love the mexican aspect of it. I swear there is no way I’m going to be bored with grilled cheese anytime soon.
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  10. Stopping by from the challenge. This looks Amazing! I will definitely give this a try. Love Mexican flavors.

  11. This looks amazing! I love all the different flavors it has going on!
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  12. The Cumin Butter is a great combination for your Mexican Grilled Cheese, it looks delicious!
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  13. DROOLING – I am so making this soon! Wow, didn’t know there was an entire blog devoted to grilled cheese. Amazing, and dangerous, but mostly amazing ;).

    I hope you’ll stop by to see my Muzzi in Caruzzi grilled cheese.
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  14. Yummmm! What a fantastic spin on grilled cheese! I love that you added so many yummy things to it!!
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  15. Wow! That sounds really good. I love the Mexican twist on the theme!
    Tara @ CrockPotLadies recently posted..Crock-Pot “Grilled” Provolone and Tomato SandwichMy Profile

  16. Oh, gosh, now I want this for breakfast, too!!! Outstanding sandwich!!!
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  17. Oh these Look Great!!! Love the new Pics!!!
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  18. What a great way to spice up a grilled cheese. I need to try this one.
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes recently posted..Marionberry Cherry Crumb CakeMy Profile

  19. This sounds so delish!. I love anything Mexican.

    Please stop by CC#59.
    Winelady Cooks recently posted..Grilled Cheese – Not An Ordinary SandwichMy Profile

  20. This sounds amazing. I love grilled cheese!
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  21. Sounds delicious and pretty too!
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  22. This looks amazing! Very different from any I’ve seen so far in the challenge. Must try, pinning! #76
    Terry recently posted..Bacon Guacamole Grilled CheeseMy Profile

  23. this sounds absolutely wonderful – mmm mmm mmmm! i’ll definitely have to try this for a weeknight meal one night soon!
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  24. Shirley says:

    YUMMMMMM Wish I had this for my breakfast today.

  25. This is exactly why I love Mexican food. This looks amazing! I love jalepenos! I can’t wait to try this one.
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  26. Mouth is undeniably watering… holy flavorful! I love the idea of the cumin butter!! Like your family, mine is hardly gourmet. I think sometimes they THINK they are, but they most definitely are not. They don’t even know what ‘arugala’ or ‘asiago’ are (sadly) so I can never make anything fancy shmancy because they’ll just wrinkle their noses in protest. So methinks I’ll make this all by myself and see what they say–no doubt they’ll change their minds when they see how glorious it looks!!
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  27. my mouth is watering just reading your post and looking at your pictures! I can’t wait to give this a try… cumin butter? Love it!
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  28. I love an ooey gooey grilled cheese and yours looks incredible!!

    Stopping by from CCC #33!
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  29. That’s a beautiful grilled cheese. I love the idea of putting corn it it!

    Jen #40

  30. Wow, looks lovely fantastically done, I could leave out the meet and spice this up, I love spiced food and definitely my teenage kids will love this.., Mexican spices are great to indulge… stopping by CCC#80
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  31. I love all the Mexican flavors in this sandwich, it looks great! Stopping by from CCC #9.
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  32. Used this recipe for this month’s Improv Challenge – Corn and Butter. Very yummy, we both loved it!!!
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