These are no ordinary nachos. Created by simmering tender short ribs in a guajillo chili and beer sauce and placing on a bed of crispy tortilla chips and cheese, these nachos are the ultimate appetizer for any day of the year.
4 dried guajilo chilies, seeds removed
6 (2.5 pounds) beef short ribs
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil (or vegetable oil)
1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
5 garlic cloves, peeled
¾ cup beef broth
¾ cup Miller Lite
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Braised short ribs
16-ounce bag salted tortilla chips
1 cup yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
1 avocado, diced
1 tomato, diced
Lime wedges, for serving
Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). In a large braising pot over high heat, toast chilies until fragrant, about 2 minutes a side. Place in a small bowl and cover with hot water until submerged.
Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in the same braising pot over high heat. Once oil is hot, sear short ribs until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes a side; transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium low, add onions and garlic, and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add soaked chilies with ½ cup of the soaking water, beef broth, Miller Lite, vinegar, cumin, and cinnamon. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to remove the browned bits of short rib. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Return short ribs to the braising pot and pour the puree over. Cover and place in the oven for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Remove the meat from the bones, shred, return to the cooking juices, and stir until coated.
Place chips on a large rimmed baking sheet. Top tortilla chips with short rib meat and cheese. Place under the broiler and cook until cheese melts and begins to bubble, about 3 minutes. Remove the nachos and top with avocado, tomato, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
Short ribs can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Reheat before making nachos.