Nachos

INGREDIENTS

3/4 pound slab or thick-cut bacon, diced
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
1.5 pounds ground beef, like chuck or sirloin
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons smoked paprika, hot or mild
1.5 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 to 2/3 cup chicken stock, homemade or low-sodium, or water
1 16-ounce bag corn tortilla chips
1/2 head iceberg or romaine lettuce, shredded
1/2 cup pickled jalapenos
2 avocados, pitted and sliced
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1.5 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crumbled Cojita cheese
3 radishes, cleaned and thinly sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced into quarters
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
2 limes, cut into eighths, for garnish
Hot sauce, if desired

PREPARATION