When it comes to Bobby Flay and the Burger Bash (an event hosted by Rachael Ray that takes place each February and October), he hasn't had the best of luck. Flay has competed in the bash at least eight times, and he always comes in second or third place — making him the Susan Lucci of the competition.
Last Friday, however, things changed: his Santa Fe Burger finally took home the top prize, the people's choice award! I tasted the scrumptious and messy burger that consisted of a beef patty topped with a queso sauce, roasted poblano peppers, and blue corn tortilla chips. It was so good that I found the recipe and tried it out. I wanted to see if the homemade version stood up to the burger made by Flay himself. Luckily it did!
The flavors in this burger are sublime: the smooth, creamy cheese sauce is rich, but light, and the crunch of the chips gives the burger a wonderful texture. If you are afraid of heat, don't worry: Flay calls the mild poblano "a gateway chile," and the burger isn't spicy at all. Get his winning recipe after the jump.