Who doesn’t love a big plate of nachos when they are starving, or anytime really? Unfortunately, corn chips don’t exactly travel well stuffed into a panier, and without corn chips there is no nachos! That is, until I realised how amazing soft tortillas were when cut into triangles and fried to make crunchy chips, without the hassle of trying to keep them safe on the road. This recipe is so versatile, it can be used as a starter with salsa and cheese or as I have done here with spiced mince to make it a hearty meal.

Ingredients:

500g beef mince
3 tablespoons Mexican spice mix
6 soft tortillas, cut into triangles
1 sachet or jar of salsa
150g grated tasty cheese
1 tomato, cut into dice
1 small cucumber, cut into dice
½ small red onion, cut into a fine dice
2 spring onions, finely sliced
Sour cream to serve

Method:

  1. Heat a fry pan over medium high heat with a drizzle of oil. Add beef, cook and break up with the back of a spoon until browned. Add Mexican seasoning and water as per directions and simmer for a further 5 minutes to cook through. Set aside.
  2. Heat a fry pan over medium high heat with a tablespoon of oil. Add a single layer of tortilla chips, cook for 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat with remaining chips, adding additional oil as required.
  3. Whilst chips are cooking, combine; tomato, cucumber, spring onion with salt and pepper.
  4. When all the tortilla chips have been cooked, return beef to the heat and bring back to a simmer. Divide chips between plates, top with mince and scatter with cheese. Drizzle salsa over the top.
  5. Divide fresh salsa over the top along with sour cream and serve.

Serves 3

TIPS:

  • Use small tortillas as the additional accompaniments make this very filling
  • Reheating the beef before serving will help to melt the cheese

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • Any mince meat can be used in place of beef
  • Canned or refried beans can replace meat for a vegetarian version, or proceed from step 2 and to make chips and salsa
  • Adjust the level of heat depending on your own taste and chose a Mexican spice mix accordingly
  • Fresh salsa can be omitted for a simpler recipe
  • Greek style yoghurt can be used as a low fat alternative to sour cream

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