Free Recipe: Not So Naughty Nachos

Nachos are often an absolute killer when it comes to calories, so we have spruced up this all time favourite with not one but two new recipes for both meat-lovers and vegetarians. Now you can have all the taste without the guilt!

Not So Naughty Nachos

Cals per serve: 315    Prep Time: 20mins    Cooking Time: 10min    Serves: 2


  • 1 pieces Wholemeal Mountain Bread (25g)
  • 1g Olive Oil Spray
  • 1/2 Onion (73g), finely chopped
  • 1 Celery Stalk (55g), finely chopped
  • 1 cloves Garlic (3g), crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoons Chilli Powder (1g)
  • 100g Lean Beef Mince
  • 100g Canned Lentils, rinsed & drained
  • 1/2 x 400g cans Diced Tomato (200g)
  • 1 Tomato (167g), chopped
  • 80g Avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cups Coriander Leaves (10g)
  • 1 tablespoons Extra Light Sour Cream (20g)
  • 1 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese (7g), finely grated


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut bread into triangles and place onto a baking tray. Bake for 5 minutes or until crisp and lightly golden.
  2. Meanwhile, lightly spray a frying pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and celery. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and chilli powder and cook, stirring, for seconds.
  3. Add beef mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in lentils and canned tomatoes. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 minutes or until liquid has reduced and thickened.
  4. Combine the fresh tomato, avocado and coriander in a bowl.
  5. To assemble, arrange mountain bread crisps on plates and top with beef mixture, salsa and sour cream. Sprinkle with parmesan to serve.

Mish Tips

  • Make extra beef mixture to store in the freezer, or to reheat for lunch the next day with a side salad.”

Bean Nachos With Chilli Guacamole

Cals per serve: 331    Prep Time: 25mins    Cooking Time: 15min    Serves: 2


  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 medium onion (89g), finely chopped
  • 1 medium red capsicum (92g), diced
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes (250g)
  • 1 400g can canned red kidney beans, drained (280g)
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander (4g), chopped
  • 2 slices wholemeal mountain bread (50g)
  • 40g avocado, mashed
  • 1 medium red chilli (10g), finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra light sour cream (40g)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Spray a large non-stick saucepan or frying pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and capsicum. Cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes or until soft. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until soft. Squash with the back of a spoon. Add the beans and 125ml (1/2 cup) water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 6-8 minutes or until thickens. Stir in the coriander. Season with pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, place the bread slices on top of each other. Use kitchen scissors or a sharp knife to cut into 4 strips down the middle. Stack the strips and cut into 4 squares. Cut each stack of squares in half diagonally to make triangles. Spread out on large baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake in oven for 5 minutes or until pale golden and crisp.
  4. Combine the avocado and chilli if using in a small bowl.
  5. Divide the chips between serving plates. Top with the bean mixture, avocado and sour cream.

Mish Tips

  • Arrange the chips around the edge of a plate, leaving a small cavity in the middle for the bean mixture. This will prevent the chips from going soggy.
  • The bean mix will freeze well, so why not make this in bulk and put some portions in the freezer for those days when you just don’t have time…


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Georgina Moore
Dietitian with over ten years of experience in hospitals and private practice, Georgie is a self-confessed fruit and vegie queen with a soft spot for pumpkin. Swapping doughnuts for apples as a child, she is your ultimate shopping list and nutrition planner, keeping your meals in check and your pantry clean. Running marathons in her spare time, she winds down drinking plenty of tea.

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  1. This really answered my problem, thank you!

  2. Hmmm …looks yummy …I’m saving them in a file ..hope this is ok

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  4. Hi! I’m giving this a try tonight with my family (hubby + 2 kids; 4 & 3yrs). None of us really like coriander and we don’t have fresh herbs. Which dried herb/s (and quantity) could we substitute? Also, could I add mince to it, so there’s meat for the man?

  5. i can’t have onion or coriander since i’m allergic, any ideas on how to make it with something else but still just as tasty?

  6. Hi Nina! You could use red or black lentils or refried beans if you prefer the taste, although they are just mashed red kidney beans!

  7. I’m not a fan of red kidney beans is the something I could swap for this ingredient?

  8. Had this tonight. Oh. My. God. So good.

    I threw in probably way more coriander than the recipe called for, but so worth it.

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