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Build-your-own Nachos

Kristy Komadina
Kristy Komadina

With kids, it's always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to get them to eat a variety of foods. Interactive foods are my secret weapon! Set up a condiment bar and get kids to build their own delicious nachos, customised, just how they like them.



  • Nachos
  • 1 packet plain corn chips
  • 1 cup grated tasty cheese
  • Chilli con carne
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • 500g mince beef
  • 1 tin red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tins chopped italian tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 heaped tablespoon tomato paste
  • Tomato salsa
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • juice half lime
  • handful coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • Avocado salsa
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • juice half lime
  • handful coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • sour cream
  • lettuce


Start by making the chilli con carne. Place a large pan on high heat. Add the onion, capsicum, celery and olive oil. Saute for a few minutes to begin softening. Add the cumin and chilli (if using) along with the mince beef, breaking up and browning with a wooden spoon.

Once the meat is browned, add the kidney beans, tinned tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir, taste and season.

Simmer on low heat for about 45 minutes - 1 hour until the sauce is rich and thick.

To make the tomato salsa, combine all the ingredients and set aside. Similarly, to make the avocado salsa, combine all the ingredients and set aside.

To assemble the nachos, preheat oven to 180°C. Empty the bag of corn chips into a large baking tray. Sprinke over some cheese then top liberally with the chilli con carne. Finally a little extra cheese goes on top and the whole lot is baked for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Take the tray to the table and scoop out portions of nachos into individual bowls. Kids can then help themselves to the condiments.

Kristy is a mother of three who loves feeding her family wholesome, nutritious and above all delicious food. She has her own food blog called The Life She Made where she posts family style recipes and talks about life as a stay at home mother.

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