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Cowboy Nachos

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

Southern Living NOVEMBER 2009

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • Prep time:30 Minutes
  • Total:4 Hours, 51 Minutes


  • 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


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. 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. Divide chips, bean mixture, brisket mixture, cheese, and 1 cup Pico de Gallo among 3 pie plates.

4. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately with remaining Pico de Gallo and desired toppings.

*1/4 cup beef broth may be substituted.

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.

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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