Make-ahead beef nachos with guacamole and quick salsa

Nadia Lim's nacho recipe is perfect for camping. Prepare the mince before you set off and transport it in a chilli bin, then put the nachos together on your first night at the campsite – dinner will be a breeze!

By Nadia Lim
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Nacho mince (prepare in advance)
  • oil, for cooking
  • 500 gram beef mince
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)
  • 400 gram tin black beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn, defrosted
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 cup beef stock*
  • 1 avocado
  • juice 1 lime or ½ lemon
  • 400 gram can chopped tomatoes
  • 125 gram sour cream
  • 2-3 tsp chipotle sauce (omit if you prefer plain sour cream)*
To serve
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (optional)
  • 1 large bag corn chips


  • 1
    To prepare the nacho mince, heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan on high heat. Add mince and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook for 7–8 minutes until browned. Reduce heat to medium high, add onion and cook for about 5-7 minutes until very soft. Add garlic and spices and cook for 1 more minute.
  • 2
    Stir through beans, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, corn, carrot and beef stock. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, with lid partly off, until almost thickened (you want to retain some liquid so mince doesn’t dry out when you reheat it). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to cool completely then freeze or refrigerate.
  • 3
    To prepare nachos for eating, place mince in a large camping frying pan (or pot) and heat over the fire or on the camping stove. When piping hot, sprinkle over cheese (if using) and allow to melt. Remove from heat.
  • 4
    While the mince is reheating, prepare the toppings. To make guacamole, mash avocado flesh in a small bowl. Stir through lime or lemon juice, season with salt and set aside. To make a quick salsa, simply drain canned tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Combine sour cream and chipotle sauce.
  • 5
    To serve, bring the pan of heated mince, corn chips and toppings to the table (or makeshift table) and let everyone help themselves, using the corn chips to scoop up the mince and toppings.


  • Serves 4-6. * Check label if eating gluten-free.

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