Chips in Salsa
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
- SERVINGS: 6
In this best possible version of flavored tortilla chips, Traci Des Jardins tosses the just-fried chips with homemade salsa, then sprinkles them with a little Mexican Cotija cheese.
- 1/2 pound plum tomatoes
- 1/2 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
- 1 medium white onion—half sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick, the rest finely chopped for garnish
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for frying
- 6 dried árbol chiles
- 2 garlic cloves, halved
- Kosher salt
- 12 corn tortillas, each cut into 6 wedges, or one 1-pound bag sturdy, restaurant-style tortilla chips
- 1/4 pound Cotija cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- To make the salsa, light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Grill the tomatoes, tomatillos and onion slices over moderately high heat, turning, until charred in spots, 10 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the árbol chiles and garlic and cook over moderately low heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the grilled tomatoes, tomatillos and onion and 1 1/2 cups of water. Simmer over moderately low heat until the onion is softened, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain the salsa through a medium-mesh strainer; season with salt.
- In a large saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 375°. Working in batches, fry the tortillas, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chips to a paper towel–lined plate to drain.
- In a large bowl, toss the warm chips with half of the salsa. Transfer the chips in salsa to a platter and top with the cheese, cilantro and finely chopped onion. Serve right away, passing the remaining salsa at the table.