Lighter nachos

Lighter nachos

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Cooking time

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level



Serves 4

Slash the fat of this Mexican sharing platter with some simple swaps. Our tortilla chips are topped with beans and salsa

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  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian
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  • 5 soft corn tortillas
  • 1½ tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 jalapeno chilli, deseeded, cut into thin strips
  • 100g mozzarella, grated
  • 2 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche
  • ½ small pack coriander leaves, chopped

For the guacamole

  • 2 medium, ripe avocados, halved, stoned, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 spring onions, ends trimmed, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • few drops Tabasco sauce

For the beans

  • 400g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ¼ tsp mild or medium chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin

For the tomato salsa

  • 4 tomatoes, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • ¼ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil

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  1. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. For each tortilla, brush both sides with some of the oil, and cut into 12 wedges. Repeat. Put all the wedges on 2 large baking sheets and bake for about 10 mins or until golden and crisp. Remove and set aside. Turn up the oven to 200C/180C/gas 6.
  2. For the guacamole, put the chopped avocados in a bowl and roughly mash with a fork, keeping some texture. Stir in the lime juice, spring onions, coriander and season with the Tabasco and seasoning. Set aside.
  3. For the beans, tip them into a bowl, stir in the garlic, chilli and cumin powders, roughly mash with a fork, then mix in about 2 tbsp of water, or enough to make a rough mash. Season and set aside.
  4. For the salsa, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, lime juice and oil. Season and set aside.
  5. Ten minutes before you’re ready to serve, scatter the tortilla chips over a large baking tray or ovenproof platter. Spoon the beans in little mounds over the chips, then spoon over the salsa (if the salsa has been made ahead, use a slotted spoon so you leave any tomato liquid behind that could soften the chips). Scatter over the jalapeño chilli and mozzarella.
  6. Bake for 4-5 mins, just long enough to melt the cheese and warm things through, but not over-brown the tortilla chips. Remove and spoon over the crème fraîche and scatter with coriander, and put the guacamole in 1 or 2 small dishes on the side. Serve immediately.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2014

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jhonclark's picture

Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Treats Serves:6-8 CarbsPerServing:2
Prep Time:30 minutes Effort:Easy
1 pound bacon 2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper 24 large cherry tomatoes
Leaf lettuce

How to Prepare:
Cook up bacon crisp Drain on paper towels Crumble bacon finely.
Mix bacon, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper all together. Refrigerate
for 4 to 6 hours allowing flavors to blend and mixture to become
Slice cherry tomatoes in half. Lightly scoop out fruit.
Cover platter with lettuce leaves.
Working quickly, scoop mixture into cherry tomato cavity; place on
platter. -

stoner14's picture

Very tasty! A fair amount of prep for a 'snack', but the taste was worth it. I used cheddar rather than mozzarella, as that's what I already had, & didn't bother with the crème fraiche. The beans were the best bit - yummy (I did double the amount of spices though)! Will make again.