Holiday Entertaining: Nachos

This post is by regular contributor Kyrstie Barcak of A Fresh Legacy.

These are some of the many reasons why I love this dish and make it often when entertaining friends or family.

  • It is enjoyed by young and old,
  • It can be easily modified it to suit all taste preferences,
  • Elements can be made in advance and assembled just prior to serving,
  • The left overs can be kept once the guests have departed for an easy dinner or breakfast the next day.

Nachos have it all.

They have a variety of textural elements from crunchy to smooth, lots of protein from the beans and freshness from the herbs. You may add chicken also if you wish.

Nachos are also a fun meal to share as everyone can add what they wish to their plates, or alternatively, just “dig in!”

Nachos Recipe

Serves: 4 – 6
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes

You will need:


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 garlic cloves- chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Tin cannellini beans – rinsed and drained
  • Tin kidney beans – rinsed and drained
  • ½ chilpotle chili *optional – can be replaced with chilli flakes or excluded
  • 1 tin tomatoes – unflavoured
  • 1 capsicum – diced
  • Fresh coriander leaves – to serve


  • 1 ripe avocado – skin removed and mashed
  • ½ lemon – juiced
  • 6 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon natural yogurt


  • Punnet of cherry tomatoes – quartered
  • 1 small cucumber – peeled and diced
  • ½ capsicum – diced
  • Fresh mint leaves – torn
  • Fresh coriander leaves – chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch salt
  • Corn Chips – plain
  • Cheese – grated

To make the beans:

  1. Add the cooking oil to a pan.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the herbs and lemon zest and stir.
  4. Add the beans and stir to coat.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients, except the coriander leaves.
  6. Simmer on a low heat for 15 – 20 minutes.
  7. Top with the coriander leaves and stir through.

To make the salsa:

  • Combine the ingredients and set aside to allow the flavours to infuse.

To make the guacamole:

  • Combine the ingredients and set aside.

To assemble:

  1. Heat the oven to 170ºC.
  2. Add half the corn chips to an oven proof bowl and grate some cheese on top.
  3. Add the remaining corn chips and grate some more cheese.
  4. Place in the oven to warm and to melt the cheese for approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve with a scoop of the beans, salsa and guacamole. Keep the toppings in a bowl close by for guests to add more of any, or all toppings as desired.

Christmas entertaining: Nachos recipe

Hints & Tips

  • Replace the corn chips with plain tortillas if you wish and create wraps if you prefer to serve individual plates of food to guests
  • The recipe will leave you with left over beans. Enjoy them for breakfast the next day with a poached or fried egg on top, or for a casual dinner after your guests leave.
  • Chilpotle chili is available from delis and markets. It is a Mexican chili that imparts a smoky flavour. If you are yet to try them they are worth hunting down. They can be purchased as either dried or in adobe sauce in a tin.

What’s your favourite family-friendly entertaining dish?

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