Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, about 2 scant palmfuls (I like Gebhardt)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander, about 2/3 palmful
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chile, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • One 15.5-ounce can pinto beans, drained
  • Yellow or blue corn tortilla chips, for serving
  • 1 cup shredded pepper Jack or Monterey, 4 ounces
  • 1 cup shredded Chihuahua cheese or mild cheddar, 4 ounces
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano, leaves stripped and finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • Pickled jalapeño slices
  • 1 small handful fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled, then chopped and dressed with the juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 scallions, chopped
Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Heat a medium cast-iron skillet over medium to medium-high. Add the oil, two turns of the pan. Add the beef. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add the spices. Cook, stirring often, until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the onion, chile, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water. Cook, stirring often, until absorbed, about 4 minutes. Stir in the beans. Reduce heat to low.

Scatter the chips on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in the oven until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a basket or bowl. Switch on the broiler.

Top the beef and beans with the cheeses. Broil until browned and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Top with the tomato, oregano, jalapeño slices, cilantro, avocado, and scallions.

Serve the dip directly from the skillet with the chips.