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Arizona cheese crisp
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Alternative names Cheese crisp
Place of origin Arizona, United States
Main ingredients Tortillas, cheese

An Arizona cheese crisp (simply cheese crisp in the region) is an open-faced, flour tortilla covered in shredded cheese. 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. The cheese crisp is said to have been made famous by El Charro Café in Tucson, Arizona.

Cheese crisps are rarely found outside the state, other than places popular with Arizona tourists such as Puerto Peñasco and San Diego.

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