Thursday, 18 August 2011

Recipes - Pimped Nachos

Who doesn't love good Mexican food?  Especially nachos!  The pre-brought spice mixes are great as a flavour base to which you can add extra spices and a few other ingredients to develop a rich, flavoursome sauce, better than what you find in most Mexican restaurants!  

500g mince
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, diced
1 red chili, seeds & pith removed & sliced
1 packet of taco or burrito seasoning
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground chili
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
1 x 400g tin tomatoes
1 x 400g tin red kidney beans
To serve
2 x tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
1 small spanish onion, finely diced
tomato salsa
grated tasty cheese
sour cream
corn chips

Step 1 - Heat a good splash of oil in a large frying pan.  Add onions, garlic and chili and fry off for 1-2 minutes.  Add cumin, coriander, paprika and chili and fry off for up to one minute.
Step 2 - Add mince and brown.  When brown, add taco or burrito seasoning, tomato paste and sugar and cook, stirring frequently until tomato paste is dark in colour and well cooked.
Step 3 - Add tin tomatoes, red kidney beans and 1 cup water. Reduce heat and simmer slowly  for 1-3 hours.  The longer the sauce cooks the richer the flavour will be.
Step 4 - To serve, place nacho mix, corn chips, onion, tomato, cheese, guacamole, sour cream and salsa in separate bowls in the middle of the table and let people serve themselves. 


The amount of chili can be reduced or omitted for children.  To increase kids vegetable intake grate 1 carrot, 1 zucchini and 2 celery sticks and fry in step one after spices and before adding mince.  

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