Cowboy Nachos: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic

There’s something undeniably satisfying about finding creative ways to repurpose leftovers. And when it comes to leftover brisket, these meaty cowboy nachos are an absolute game-changer. Forget about the usual taco-seasoned ground beef—this recipe takes nachos to a whole new level of flavor. It’s the kind of hearty dish that can pass as a meal for the toughest cowboy or the hungriest of punks. Pair it with a tall glass of milk and a sliced apple, and you’ll have yourself a satisfyingly simple dinner. Plus, with all the time you’ll save, you might even have a chance to indulge in a hobby of your own—my personal favorite, dressing up my dog Charlie in an American Girl pinafore.

Stretching Out the Brisket Magic

To begin, start with a whole beef brisket (not corned beef brisket, mind you). Cook up a batch using PW’s Brisket recipe, making sure to adjust the soy sauce if you plan on using the meat for dishes like nachos or tamales. The goal is to enhance the flavor without overwhelming it. And don’t forget to have a pot of seasoned pinto beans simmering nearby. Trust me, it’s the easiest thing in the world, my darlings.

A Burst of Freshness: Pico de Gallo

No nachos are complete without a bit of freshness, so whip up a batch of homemade Pico de Gallo. Just remember to stick to cherry tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes, or tomatoes with the vine attached until the Sam and Ella scare passes. Safety first, amigos.

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Building the Layers of Deliciousness

Now that we have all our components ready, it’s time to assemble the nachos. Grab your favorite sturdy tortilla chips and some Monterey Jack cheese. Pro tip: while some kind souls prefer cheddar, I find that the creaminess and flavor of Jack cheese take these nachos to another level. If you’re feeling up to it, hop on the Stairmaster for 37 minutes. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

Begin by elevating the flavor of the beans by spicing them up with ground black pepper, a generous amount of Tabasco, minced garlic, and jarred jalapeños (fresh ones work too). Cowboys love their spice, so don’t hold back.

Next, heat up a skillet with a drizzle of canola oil. Add shredded brisket to the hot pan, letting it sizzle and brown on one side. Then, flip it over to caramelize the other side, infusing the cooked meat with even more flavor.

Pour in Mexican red sauce or, if you prefer, use some El Pato brand Mexican “tomato sauce.” Add just enough to keep the meat moist without overwhelming it. If you have any drippings from the meat or canned beef broth, feel free to include them for an extra savory punch.

While the meat simmers, grate a generous amount of Monterey Jack cheese. It’s time to get cheesy!

The Art of Layering

Now, let’s start layering our nachos. Preheat the broiler and line a heatproof dish with a single layer of tortilla chips. Sprinkle a hearty portion of beans, followed by as much brisket as your heart desires. Don’t be shy—we’re going for abundance here. Top it all off with a generous helping of grated cheese.

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Repeat this process for a second layer of chips, beans, and meat. But this time, hold off on the final layer of pico de gallo. We’re going to save that for the grand finale.

Cheesy Perfection in the Oven

Pop the nachos into the oven and broil them until the cheese is irresistibly melted. Keep a close eye on them to avoid unnecessary browning or burning. We want the cheese to be perfectly creamy and soft. Remember, the farther away from the broiler, the better chance you have at achieving even melting.

A Finishing Touch of Freshness

Now that our nachos are perfectly melted and ready to devour, here’s a little secret: right before indulging, sprinkle a generous amount of pico de gallo all over the top. This way, you’ll have a warm layer underneath from the oven and a refreshing, cool layer on the surface. The combination of flavors is simply divine.

Feel free to add dollops of guacamole and sour cream, tailored to your cowboy’s liking. The secret to these nachos is the abundance of flavors and toppings—so don’t hold back.

A Magical Dish for All

These cowboy nachos have a way of capturing hearts. Whether you’re serving them to a man or a woman, be prepared for love at first bite. And remember, the beauty of nachos lies in their versatility. Get creative with your toppings and make this dish your own. So grab a plate, dig in, and enjoy the magic of cowboy nachos.

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