Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chorizo, Bean, And Cheese Nachos

I've had this recipe sitting in my drafts since November. I have no idea why I never posted it, but these things happen sometimes I suppose. This recipe is easy and perfect for nights you don't feel like putting too much effort into cooking. Plus, I got to admit I'm a huge fan of anything with chorizo.

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I originally used manchego cheese if I remember correctly, but I think some nacho cheese would be good. But let's be honest, nacho cheese is good on just about anything. If you can't find chorizo, use spicy Italian sausage instead. Paired with some margaritas, this dish is the perfect way to pass an evening.

Would I make this again? Why not? It's a simple way to jazz up nachos.

Spicy Sausage, Bean, And Cheese Nachos

Ingredients:

1 pound chorizo, removed from the casings and crumbled
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion bottoms (reserve tops separately)
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
Two 15-ounce cans pinto or black beans, drained
3/4 cup chicken stock or canned, low-sodium chicken broth or water
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces large (restaurant-style) tortilla chips
3 cups grated pepper Jack or sharp cheddar cheese, or a combination
1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices, or to taste
Your favorite salsa, for serving
Sour cream, for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the sausage, and cook until it is nicely browned and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a paper towel -- lined plate to drain.

3. Add the green onion bottoms and the garlic to the fat remaining in the skillet, and cook until fragrant and soft, about 20 seconds. Add the beans, mix well, and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Mash the beans with the back of a heavy wooden spoon or a potato masher until chunky-smooth.

4. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until completely warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

5. Spread half of the tortilla chips in one even layer on a large oval ovenproof platter or in a large baking dish. Top with half of the beans, half of the sausage, half of the cheese, and half of the jalapenos. Repeat with another layer of chips, beans, sausage, cheese, and jalapenos. Bake until the cheese is melted and the mixture is hot, 2 to 3 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven, and serve garnished with chopped green onion tops, salsa, and sour cream.

Source: Emeril Lagasse

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