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Vegetarian Nachos Bowl

A fibre packed mexican dish, perfect for meal planning or feeding many mouths

45 mins
17 ingredients
$2.66 / person
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Vegetarian Nachos Bowl

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Serves = 5


  • 1 onion (any colour)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons mexican spice mix
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 capsicum (any colour)
  • 1 x 800g can whole or diced tomatoes, no added salt
  • 1 cup reduced salt stock
  • 1 x 420g can, 4 bean mix, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 420g can, red kidney beans or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 420g can, lentils, drained and rinsed
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Optional: jar Jalapeno peppers and capers
  • Optional: Pepper

To serve:

  • 70g Corn chips (unsalted if available)
  • 80g Reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 5 tbsp Reduced fat, plain Greek yoghurt

It’s this easy

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot to a moderate heat
  • Prepare your vegetables for the beans, by chopping the onion, capsicum and carrot into small pieces, and crush garlic
  • Add onion and garlic to preheated pot and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add canned tomatoes, 4 bean mix, kidney beans and lentils, along with the stock, capsicum and carrot, and stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 mins, until the veggies are cooked and the tomato sauce is beginning to thicken
  • Whilst the beans are cooking, chop all the ingredients for the salsa into small pieces
  • Mix the salsa ingredients together in a bowl, and add lemon/lime and pepper to taste
  • Now that the beans have finished cooking, use a stick blender to roughly blend the bean mixture. You're looking for when the bean mixture looks roughly chopped (a little like mince), not smooth like soup. (You could use a vegetable masher here instead). If the mixture still has quite a bit of liquid, simmer a little more over a low heat until it starts to thicken some more
  • Serve beans between bowls and sprinkle with cheese, add a dollop of yoghurt and spoon avocado salsa on top
  • Serve corn chips alongside each bowl for people to scoop up the beans


  • You can use beef, chicken, lamb or pork mince instead of the beans in this recipe, or do half & half. Just add the meat after the spices and cook until browned, then add veggies
  • If you don't have a blender or something to mash the mixture with, only use 1/2 cup of stock and serve as is


Nutrition information (per serve):

  • Energy (2118kJ)
  • Protein (24g)
  • Total Fat (19.4g)
  • Saturated Fat (7.7g)
  • Carbohydrates (54.1g)
  • Starch (37.2g)
  • Sugars (16.1 g)
  • Added Sugars (1.6g)
  • Free Sugars (1.6g)
  • Dietary fibre (19g)
  • Sodium (306mg)
  • Calcium (310mg)
  • Iron (5.9mg)


Contains: Dairy, FODMAPs.
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