How to make healthy nachos

Healthy nachos using Heinz baked beans.
Healthy nachos using Heinz baked beans.  Photo: Danielle Colley

I can't speak for everyone but baked beans are a true comfort food from my childhood. Baked bean and cheese toasties were practically a food group in my teens, and now as a mum, baked beans are a shopping list staple.

For a super quick and healthy lunch I'll grate a carrot, chop some tomato, capsicum and coriander with a tin of beans, add some curry powder and chili and create a whole new flavour using Heinz as my flavour base. Lunch is ready in five minutes flat – that's what I call fast food.

Heinz baked beans in tomato sauce are an every-day 'superfood' that was hiding in your cupboard all along. They are 99 per cent fat free, high in fibre and low GI to keep you fuller for longer; they are a good source of protein and iron...and they have musical benefit for which they are famous... Toot toot!

You may not know this but there are four serves of vegetables in each 420 g can of Heinz baked beans in tomato sauce, so they are a great way to sneak an extra serving of vegies into your family's diet (one serve of vegetables, including legumes, equals 75g).

Everybody loves to eat nachos, but traditionally they aren't very good for you. I've taken that family favourite and given it a healthy twist using low fat cheese, corn tortillas plus delicious and healthy Heinz baked beans.

Ingredients

For the nachos

6 corn tortillas

1 420g tin Heinz® baked beans

½ teaspoon ground cumin

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½ teaspoon smoky paprika

50g grated low fat cheese

For the guacamole

½ ripe avocado

1 tablespoon natural yoghurt

1 small clove garlic, finely minced

1 tablespoon chopped coriander

½ lemon, juice only

2 slices tomato, finely chopped

2 teaspoons coriander, finely chopped

To serve

The remainder of tomato, finely chopped

A few coriander leaves

Method

Preheat oven to 220C.

Lightly spray both sides of corn tortillas with olive oil spray. Cut them into 8 triangles, by cutting tortillas in half, then quarters, then eighths.

Spread tortillas in a single layer onto a baking tray and pop into the oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned and crispy.

Meanwhile, tip Heinz® baked beans into a bowl and add cumin and smoky paprika. Stir well to combine.

Place cooked tortilla chips onto a heat-proof plate. Place Heinz® baked bean mix on top, and pop under a medium grill to melt and brown the cheese.

While that's melting put your avocado and yoghurt into a bowl and mash together with a fork. Add garlic and lemon juice and continue mashing until completely combined and smooth.

Stir in chopped tomato, and coriander and season to taste.

When cheese is melted, carefully remove hot plate from oven and top with guacamole. Add chopped tomato and coriander and serve.

Beware of the hot plate!

Serves: 2

Difficulty: easy

Time: 30 minutes

This recipe was brought to you by Heinz Beanz.

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