Authentic Mexican Nachos

Nachos are one of my all time favourite meals. Served with chilli, topped with lots of guacamole and cheese. On my recent trip to Mexico I tried ‘PROPER nachos’ – they’re not really nachos as they are more of a baked tortilla in a sauce (called Chilaquiles) but they are just so good! You can make this dish using flour tortilla wraps,corn tortilla wraps (homemade or shop bought if you’re short on time – flour tortilla recipe here) or if you’re even more short on time you can use shop bought tortilla chips but for best results, make it all yourself!

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You will need:

3-4 tortillas cut into 8 triangles per wrap

5 tomatoes

1 onion

1 small chilli

1 clove of garlic

1/2 tbsp oil

Cut the onion into quarters and prick the chilli with a knife. Put the onion, chilli, tomatoes and unpeeled garlic into a dry frying pan (no oil) and turn the heat up to high. The aim of this is to char the outside of the vegetables so move them around so they cook evenly. You won’t eat the skins so don’t worry if they look a bit black! Once cooked, leave to cool for 5 minutes.

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Tip all of the veg into a blender (skins and all). Whizz until combined. (1-2 minutes). Tip the contents into a sieve placed over a bowl so the bowl will catch all of the liquid. Push the contents of the sieve with the back of the spoon to try and push more liquid into the bowl.

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Put a small saucepan on a medium heat and add 1/2 tbsp oil. Once hot,, add the sauce from the bowl and a pinch of salt and simmer until thickened, stirring regularly. (around 15 minutes)

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If using tortilla wraps for your nachos instead of pre made tortilla chips, you will need to fry these now in plenty of oil until golden brown all over. Drain on kitchen paper.

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To assemble the nachos, place half of the tortilla chips into an oven safe ceramic dish. Spoon over a couple of tablespoons of the salsa from the pan andsprinkle with cheese (I use half mozzarella and half cheddar). Layer the rest of the tortillas on top and sprinkle with the salsa, (use sparingly here or the nachos can get quite soggy) soured cream and more cheese.

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Bake in the oven at 200C for 8-10 minutes until melted and browned. Add any other toppings such as guacamole, fried onions and peppers, spring onion, coriander, refried beans etc…the options are endless!
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