Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Nacho ordinary nachos

In trying to decide what to make for the big game, I was browsing through the Food Network's website as they of course had a whole section dedicated to the Superbowl. Among some of the recipes was this one for Chorizo Bean and Cheese Nachos by Emeril. I don't really like Emeril much to be honest, I thin he's a bit annoying, and thinks he's a lot cooler than he really is. I thought this recipe of his, however, sounded fun, different, and worth trying. I made a few modifications, per usual, and they appear as so below. I only remembered to take a picture after they were half eaten...oops...but at least the picture proves that they were good!

Chorizo, Bean, and Cheese Nachos

1 hot chorizo link removed from casing and crumbled
1 lb mild ground chorizo
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 15oz can pinto beans
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 bag Tostitos hint of lime tortilla chips
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
1 small white onion, sliced into thin rings
Pickled sliced jalapenos – amount of which to your own taste

In a large skillet, cook the chorizo, garlic, and cumin, stirring, over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Drain about half of the water from the can of beans. To the fat in the pan, add the pinto beans (with remaining water), chili powder, salt, and ½ to ¾ cup water.. Cook over medium heat until warmed through, smashing with the back of a heavy wooden spoon or potato masher until chunky/smooth. Add any additional water if needed to achieve desired consistency. Remove from the heat.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

On a large, oval ovenproof platter or in a large baking dish, spread 1 layer of chips. Top with a layer of 1/2 of the beans, then 1/2 of the sausage, cheeses, onion rings, and chopped jalapenos. Repeat with another layer of chips, beans, sausage, cheese, onions and jalapenos. Bake until the cheeses are melted and the mixture is hot, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven.

p.s. For Sunday night's main attraction I made ribs and chicken wings, they'll show up in the next entry, whenever I get a chance to make it!

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