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Quick & easy nachos

Updated: May 15, 2019

As a mum & nutritionist, I am always thinking about how I can turn our favourite fast foods in to wholesome meals to feed my family. Here is the recipe to my quick & easy nachos, which regularly features on our weekly dinner table. Enjoy!

My daughter is quite fussy so strong flavours are not for her. But she does like mince. Most kids do, cause it is so easy for them to chew.

And of course who doesn't love a crunchy tortilla chip to scoop up a delicious mouthful of saucy Mexican-inspired beef. So my beef nachos recipe was created. By substituting some of the beef mince for beans and veggies that beautifully flavour the sauce, my daughter thinks I am the best cook ever and devours a whole bowl of this every time. And I feel like a pretty good mum for sneaking hidden nutrients in to her dinner.

Some of the most common queries I get from my patients is

"how do I get my kids to eat more veggies? & do you have new recipes because we eat the same meals over-and-over and it is such a chore to think of something to cook for dinner that is good for us as a family"

In such a hectic-paced lifestyle we all lead, one of the biggest ways I can help is to provide a range of delicious recipes that are highly nutritious. Let me do the thinking for you, so you can enjoy those special moments with your family and enjoy every mouthful (well most of them if the kids aren't having a winge).

Quick and easy beef nachos

Gluten free, dairy free.

INGREDIENTS 2 tsp olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 1 tsp chilli powder 35 grams Taco seasoning (or whatever seasoning suits your families taste) 250 grams beef mince 100 grams grated carrot ​150 grams canned cannellini beans (or red kidney beans) 2 Tbsp tomato paste ¼ cup water ½ cup fresh coriander leaves


Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion for 2 minutes, or until soft. Add mince. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes or until browned.

Add carrot, beans, chilli powder, seasoning, tomato paste and water. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until thick. Stir through coriander.

Serving suggestions:

Arrange homemade tortilla chips* or wedges of roasted sweet potato on a heat-proof plate. Top with mince. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, or until hot. Top with salsa, avocado and sour cream (or Greek yoghurt with a squeeze of lime juice).

OR if you are after a meal lower in carbohydrate then spoon beef mince mixture on to a tasty green salad.

* Homemade tortilla chips: Cut small corn tortillas in to 8 wedges (like a pizza). Place on a baking tray in a single layer and cook in a 220​°C oven until crisp. Turn over after 3-4 minutes.

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