Quick Nachos

Do you ever have a bunch of people coming over and they require feeding but it really is just too hot? And a formal dinner is not part of the invitation? Then this is the best way to deal with them. It's great for a Rugby match that starts just after lunch and a braai is not on the cards or even a bunch of teenagers at a swimming pool party or any kids party for that matter.

I make it in a large baking tray and everyone gets to add their own toppings. I don't add chillies to the mince mixture but rather have sliced jalapenos as a topping. This way even the little one can enjoy it. I make a standard bolognaise sauce with the following:

  • 1kg mince
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato puree
  • 1 TBSP mixed herbs
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or 1 TBSP each smoked paprika and ground coriander)
I brown the onions and mince in a big skilled and add everything else allowing it to cook over medium heat until most of the water evaporates (too much waters makes for soggy nachos). If you have a can or 2 of refried beans you add them or even just a can of baked beans taste good.

To assemble you need:

  • 1 tub plain cream cheese
  • 3 cups grated cheese
  • nacho chips or Doritos
  • Fresh coriander chopped
Layer the nacho chips on a baking tray covered with foil and sprayed with oil. Layer the mince on top. Dot with cream cheese and sprinkle liberally with the cheese last. Add the coriander and bake in a preheated moderate oven until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

Enjoy with the following toppings:

  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • fresh salsa made with tomatoes, onion and fresh coriander
  • limes

Even the Little One loved it and it is Hubby's one dish that he will eat every night if he could.

For a low carb version just remove the beans and nachos and add home made nachos or using low carb tortilla, cutting it in wedges and baking it until crisp.


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