Loaded beef brisket nachos

Ever the crowd-pleaser, nachos make feeding the hordes simpler than ever, and each element of this loaded version – packing different flavours and textures – helps it make an impression. The beef takes time, yes, but if you set the oven just a little lower, you can leave it to cook overnight and wake to fork-tender brisket.

Ingredients

  • 300 gm tortilla chips or corn chips
  • 200 gm coarsely grated cheddar

Beer-braised brisket

  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander seeds
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 kg piece of brisket
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 500 ml (2 cups) beef stock
  • 400 gm canned crushed tomatoes
  • 375 ml (1½ cups) lager
  • 250 ml (1 cup) tomato passata
  • 2 chipotle chillies in adobo (see note), finely chopped, or to taste

Pico de gallo

  • 400 gm mixed cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 long green chillies, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup finely chopped coriander

Method

Step 1  For beer-braised brisket, combine mustard, sugar, cumin, coriander seeds and garlic in a bowl and season generously. Rub mixture all over brisket, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Preheat oven to 150°C. Scatter onion in a roasting pan and place unwrapped brisket on top. Combine remaining ingredients in a jug, season to taste, pour mixture over brisket and cover pan with foil. Braise until fork tender (6½-7 hours), then remove brisket and shred. Skim excess fat from the sauce, transfer to a container, add meat and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Warm in a saucepan over medium heat before serving.

Step 2  For pico de gallo, combine tomatoes and 1 tsp sea salt in a colander and stand for 25-30 minutes to drain. Combine in a bowl with remaining ingredients, season and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Step 3  Preheat oven to 180°C. Scatter corn chips in a large baking tray, spoon brisket mixture over the top, scatter with cheddar and bake until bubbling (10-15 minutes). Scatter with feta, radish, avocado and coriander, and serve with pico de gallo and lime wedges.

Notes:  Chipotle chillies in adobo are from select delicatessens and some supermarkets.
Drink Suggestion: Goblets of shiraz. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

Source:  Gourmet Traveller, 26 December 2017 by Emma Knowles, Photography by Ben Dearnley, Styling by Kirsten Bookallil and Emma Knowles

Link to recipe on gourmettraveller.com.au