- 1/2 small red onion
- 1/4 packed fresh cilantro
- 1 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 Tbsp. pickled jalapenos
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 cup canned refried beans
- 1/4 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
- 1 Tbsp. pickled jalapenos
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- 1 medium canned chipotle chile, plus 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp. lime juice
- Tortilla chips
- 4 cups Pepper Jack cheese
- jalapeno chilies, sliced
- diced avocado
- fresh chopped cilantro
1. For the salsa: Combine onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno and slat in a food processor, until roughly chopped, about 5 pulses. Add tomatoes and pulse for about two more seconds. Drain briefly and set aside. Wipe out processor bowl.
2. For the beans: Combine all ingredients in the food processor until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cover.
3. For the beef: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering.
4. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally until softened, about 4 minutes. Add in the garlic and dried spices and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
5. Add the beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink – about 5 minutes.
6. Add the tomato paste, sugar, chilie and adobo and cook for 1 minute longer.
7. Add the water and cook over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until mixture is almost dry – about 5-7 minutes.
8. Stir in lime juice into beef.
9. To assemble: Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the chips on a single layer on a large oven-safe platter or baking dish. Spread half of the bean mixture over the chips, then half of the beef mixture, top with 2 cups cheese and half of jalapenos. Repeat with another layer of chips, then beans, beef, cheese and jalapenos. Bake until cheese is melted – about 12-14 minutes. Top with salsa, avocado and cilantro.
Source: America’s Test Kitchen – Best-ever recipes, 2010