Nacho Slider-Size Burgers

Photo by Tufgrlz B.
Adapted from rachaelraymag.com

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from rachaelraymag.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1

    15 ouncecan lard-free spicy refried beans

  • 1 1/2

    pounds ground sirloin

  • 1/4

    cup grated onion

  • 2

    large cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped

  • 1

    tablespoon ancho or other medium-heat chile powder (about a palmful)

  • 1/2

    tablespoon ground cumin (about 1/2 palmful)

  • 1/2

    tablespoon ground coriander (about 1/2 palmful)

  • 1/2

    tablespoon sweet smoked paprika or sweet paprika (about 1/2 palmful)

  • Salt and pepper

  • Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) or vegetable oil, for drizzling

  • 24

    tortilla chips

  • 2

    cups shredded yellow sharp cheddar, smoked cheddar or pepper jack cheese

  • 1

    heart romaine lettuce or 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded

  • 2

    plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped

  • Pickled sliced jalapeno chile rings, drained, for serving

Directions

In a medium saucepan, bring about 1/2 cup water to a boil. In a small cup, mix the tomato paste with a few spoonfuls of the boiling water to thin the paste. Add the refried beans to the pan, stirring with the water in the pan to thin out a bit while they heat through. Lower the heat and keep the beans warm. Place the beef in a bowl and add the reconstituted tomato paste, onion, garlic, chile powder, cumin, coriander and paprika; season with salt and pepper. Form the meat into 8 small patties (thinner at the center than at the edges). Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle the patties with EVOO, add to the griddle and cook for a couple of minutes on each side. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the broiler. Place the burgers on a rack-covered baking sheet and top each with about 2 tablespoons beans. Spread 3 chips with some of the remaining refried beans and pile on a burger (the beans are the glue between the chips). Repeat with the remaining chips, beans and sliders. Top the chips with the cheese and broil for a minute to melt. Scatter the lettuce on plates or a platter and top with the sliders, tomatoes and pickled jalapenos. Tip Lean sirloin burgers topped with a few chips and a little cheese are even more delicious than a supersize snack of salty chips, fatty meat and tons of cheese sauce.

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