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Nachos

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
8 ounces homemade white corn tortilla chips, fried or baked, recipes follow - take your pick
1 1/2 cups refried beans, warmed, recipe follows
2 poblano chillies, roasted, peeled, seeded, and diced
Pickled sliced jalapenos
1 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounce)
1/2 cup sour cream

For the fried tortilla chips

Vegetable oil for frying
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas (preferably white)
Fine salt

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Spread half the chips out in a large shallow casserole dish or on an ovenproof platter. Top with half the beans, in small spoonfuls, and scatter with half the chiles. Repeat with the remaining chips, beans, and chiles. Sprinkle the top of the nachos with the cheese. Bake until heated through and the cheese melts, about 3 to 5 minutes. Top the nachos with dollops of the sour cream and serve.

To make fried tortilla chips, pour the oil into a large heavy-bottomed pot to a depth of about 2 inches. Place a deep-frying thermometer in the pot. Heat the oil over medium heat to 180°C. Meanwhile, stack the tortillas, and cut the pile into sixths to make chips. Raise the heat to high. Working in batches, fry the chips, turning them with a skimmer or slotted spoon, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chips to a paper towel-lined pan to drain. (Return the oil to the proper temperature between batches.) Cool and season with salt. Serve.

To make baked tortilla chips, preheat the oven to 175°C. Brush both sides of the tortillas with the oil. Stack the tortillas and cut the pile into sixths to make chips. Spread the chips out in a single layer on two large baking sheets and season with salt. Bake until golden brown and crisp, rotating the baking sheets once, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve.

To make the refried beans, In a small bowl, mash two-thirds of the beans with a fork or potato masher. Reserve the whole beans separately. In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the onion. Cook until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 1 to 2 minutes more. Add the spices and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the mashed beans and half the broth and cook, stirring frequently until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the whole beans and the remaining broth and simmer about 4 to 5 minutes more until thickened but not pasty. Season with the salt and pepper, and stir in the fresh coriander, if desired. Serve.

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