The Modern Day Julie/Julia Project- Sincronizada

Hey there! Welcome back to ‘The Confessions of a Random Blogger!’

If you don’t already know, this is a continuing series where I document my experience of learning how to cook. As a broke college student, knowing how to cook at least a few basic things is literally life saving.

You can check out the last instalment here.

More than the actual cooking itself, I would have to say that choosing what I should learn how to cook each month is the most gruelling part of this series.

A couple of days ago while I was brainstorming what to cook, my mom presented me with something she called a ‘sincronizada.’ You know how moms will just randomly present you with food without you ever actually asking for it?

According to Wikipedia (great source eh?), a sincronizada is a tortilla-based sandwich made by placing ham and a portion of Oaxaca cheese (or any type of cheese) between two flour tortillas.

I was extremely intrigued. It was sort of this fusion between a quesadilla and a fajita. No matter what it was, it tasted like heaven in a tortilla wrap.

Just like that, it clicked to me that I could somehow exploit this for blog content.

So today, we’re going to be making a sincronizada!

Let’s hope that I can escape this one with as few burns and blows to my ego as possible! Let’s get started!

What is a ‘Sincronizada’ Again?

Was the Wikipedia citation not valid enough for you? Ugh this is like high school all over again.

To elaborate, a sincronizada is like the distant cousin of the fajita-quesadilla family tree; usually containing ham, cheese and sometimes beans. However, I’m not going to be using beans today, because first of all we don’t have them at home at the moment, and secondly, ew.

It is a traditional Mexican dish commonly eaten for Merienda. Merienda is a traditional meal in most European countries that typically fills the gap between lunch and dinner.

The word sincronizada is derived from the word “synchronised” due to the placement of the ham and cheese between the 2 tortillas.

Let’s Get Cooking!

So in theory, the cooking process actually seems pretty simple.

We’re supposed to align the ham and cheese between 2 tortillas and then grill it until the cheese melts. Sounds simple enough.

Well it wasn’t. At least not for me.

I ended up severely burning the first tortilla, which I unfortunately don’t have a picture of since I had to get rid of it before it set my house on fire.

However, the other 2 tortillas actually turned out fine! (You weren’t there so I can just conveniently not mention the second tortilla that I burned as well).

The rest of the recipe was pretty much straightforward from then on. I added ham and cheese, made a sandwich type thing and grilled it until the cheese melted.


And it was delicious!

It was so delicious in fact that I wanted another one. Just one problem! I ran out of ham.

So I decided to use some leftover chicken instead of ham. Yes, I am aware that this makes it a quesadilla now instead of a sincronizada.

Chicken Quesadilla
I did burn this just a little bit but shh.

I still don’t care.

To be honest, I kind of liked the chicken quesadilla more! Same exact recipe but just instead of ham I used chicken.

Try cooking this at home and let me know if it worked for you!

Mission Successful.

Thank you for reading! Comment suggestions for what you would like to see me cook next!

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Until Next Time.


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