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The Best Nachos Recipe: Seriously Savory Nachos
These nachos happen to be vegetarian. They also happen to be packed with vegetables, from cilantro to poblano peppers to sweet onion to red cabbage. But truly, all of that is beside the point. When I make nachos, I play to win. I like powerful flavors, multiple sauces, lots of creaminess and plenty of crunch. I like to balance all of those elements carefully in every bite. These nachos have got all that, because I've put a lot of thought into them. To say the least. Let's just say that someone who approaches the Super Bowl with even a modicum of interest in the football itself would not be able to compete for nachos mindshare with yours truly. As great minds will tell you, success comes from focusing long and hard on the nachos at hand. Please, taste for yourself—but I'm just sayin'. All elements can be prepared a few hours in advance and held separately. Reheat beans and cheese sauce over low heat, and assemble nachos, just before serving. Serves 10 as an appetizer, 4 as dinner.
heaping cup shredded red cabbage
tablespoons distilled white vinegar
cup olive oil
white onion, finely diced
poblano pepper, finely diced
garlic cloves, minced
tablespoon tomato paste
teaspoon chili powder
teaspoon ground cumin
cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed well
Salt, to taste
bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
large garlic clove, roughly chopped
tablespoons lime juice
Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
cup olive oil
One recipe cheese sauce for nachos
ounces tortilla chips
For the cabbage: Combine cabbage, vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Toss to dissolve sugar and salt and coat cabbage with liquid. Let sit for at least one hour, stirring occasionally.
For the beans: Heat oil over medium-high heat in a medium, heavy-bottomed pot. Add onions and poblano and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring, one minute more. Add beans and cook until heated through and beginning to break down a bit, about 10 minutes. Mash beans against sides and bottom of pot with a wooden spoon and stir to combine all ingredients. Taste for salt. Cover and keep warm.
For the cilantro sauce: In a mini food processor, combine cilantro, garlic, lime juice, salt, and olive oil. Process until well combined. Set aside.
To assemble nachos, spread tortilla chips on a large platter. Top evenly with beans and then with cheese sauce. Pour off liquid from cabbage and dry cabbage between paper towels. Top nachos with cabbage. Drizzle cilantro sauce overtop. Serve warm.