Nachos de la Casa

Nachos de la Casa

Tortilla Republic


For the ranchera sauce

  • roma tomatoes
  • large cloves garlic
  • 1/2  habanero pepper, stemmed
  • 3/4  morita chile, stemmed
  • guajillo chile, stemmed
  • 1/2  yellow onion, julienned
  • serrano chiles, stemmed and chopped
  • 1/4 Cup  pilloncillo (unrefined Mexican sugar)
  • 2 Tablespoons  salt
  •  Dash of  Mexican cinnamon

For the nachos

  • 3 Ounces  ranchera sauce
  • 8 Ounces  flour tortilla chips
  • 3 Ounces  black beans
  • 2 Ounces  salsa
  • 2 Ounces  Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 Ounces  crema, for garnish
  • 3 Ounces  guacamole, for garnish
  • 2 Ounces  pickled jalapeños, for garnish
  • 1 Ounce  queso fresco, for garnish
  • sprig cilantro, for garnish

These delicious nachos are served at Tortilla Republic, located in West Hollywood, Calif. A homemade ranchera sauce is the key to unlocking the authentic flavors of this dish, and we provide the recipe below for you to try at home.

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For the ranchera sauce

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Place the roma tomatoes, garlic, habanero pepper, morita chile, guajillo chile, and yellow onion on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until the peppers are slightly charred and the tomatoes have broken down.

Remove from the oven and transfer to a blender. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend together to a purée, strain, and let cool. Keep the oven on.

For the nachos

Ladle the ranchera sauce onto a large, round, ovenproof plate. Put 3-4 ounces of the tortilla chips on top of the sauce, followed by the black beans, salsa, and a thin layer of the grated Monterey Jack cheese, and melt in the oven. Add 1 more layer of 3-4 ounces of chips and cheese, and melt again in the oven until slightly golden brown. Carefully remove from the oven and garnish with the remaining ingredients. 

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