Cowboy Nachos

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

Load these nachos with braised brisket and Monterey Jack cheese. Add all of your favorite classic nacho toppings to complete this savory appetizer.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Prep Time:
Total: 4 Hours, 51 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 2 (16-oz.) cans seasoned pinto beans, drained
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded Braised Beef Brisket
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • 1/4 cup pan drippings from Braised Beef Brisket*
  • 1 (9-oz.) package round tortilla chips
  • 1 (8-oz.) block Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Toppings: guacamole, sour cream, pickled jalapeño pepper slices

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 425°. Cook first 4 ingredients and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  2. 2. Cook brisket in hot oil in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in taco sauce and pan drippings; cook 2 minutes.
  3. 3. Divide chips, bean mixture, brisket mixture, cheese, and 1 cup Pico de Gallo among 3 pie plates.
  4. 4. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately with remaining Pico de Gallo and desired toppings.
  5. *1/4 cup beef broth may be substituted.
  6. Pico de Gallo: Stir together 6 plum tomatoes, chopped; 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion; 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro; 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice; 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced; 1 garlic clove, minced; and 1/2 tsp. salt. Makes 3 1/2 cups. Hands-on time: 15 min. Total time: 15 min.
  7. Note: Nachos can be baked as directed in 2 batches on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, topping each batch with 1 cup Pico de Gallo.
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