I made these for dinner tonight. I made everything ahead of time because I am canning today so all I had to do was heat up the toppings, melt the cheese on the chips, and we were good to go! I cannot say enough good things about this recipe. It was worth the effort of going to the Mexican market for firm chorizo in natural casing. They made it right on the spot for me. If you make these, get the good solid chorizo, not the stuff in the grocery packed in plastic. It breaks down to a grainy, greasy mess. I bought a skirt steak and put it in my food processor with the cutting blade. I pulsed it until it was a chili grind. It cook up perfectly with the chorizo. I only have beans on one side of mine due to my other half not liking beans much and green chilies even less. Other than that, and a dollop of sour cream I followed the recipe exactly. It make a huge amount of nachos so consider yourself forewarned.
Here is the recipe from Sunset magazine:
- 5 ounces skirt steak (see Notes), chopped, or lean ground beef
- 5 ounces Mexican chorizo, casing removed, finely crumbled
- 1 medium onion
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
- 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tbsp. mild to hot salsa verde
- 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles, drained
- 1 large, ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
- Kosher salt
- 9 cups tortilla chips
- 2 cups (1/2 lb.) shredded jack cheese
- 1 quart finely shredded Iceberg lettuce
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, brown steak and chorizo, stirring, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, chop onion and mince garlic. Add onion and all but 1/8 tsp. cumin to pan. Stir often until onion is soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; stir in 1 1/2 cups salsa. Simmer until thick, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- 2. While steak mixture simmers, combine black beans, 3/4 cup water, oregano, 1 tsp. garlic, and chiles in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until all but about 1/4 cup liquid has evaporated, 10 minutes.
- 3. Meanwhile, make guacamole: Pit and peel avocado. In a bowl, mash avocado with remaining 1 tbsp. salsa, remaining 1/8 tsp. cumin, remaining garlic, and the lime juice. Stir 1 tbsp. cilantro into guacamole and add salt to taste.
- 4. Line a large, rimmed baking pan with parchment paper. Arrange chips in a 12-in.-wide circle. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake until cheese melts, 3 to 4 minutes.
- 5. While chips are baking, arrange lettuce around rim of a large serving platter (at least 16 in. wide). With a wide spatula, loosen chips from parchment. Carefully lift parchment from pan, then slide chips off paper into center of platter. Spoon meat mixture over chips. With a slotted spoon, top with beans. Spoon guacamole over center of nachos and sprinkle with remaining 1 tbsp. cilantro.