The other day I asked child number 4 what he wanted for dinner. His answer was Mexican Chili Nachos. I don’t often ask the children for dinner requests because I dread the answer. After having five children I now hate spaghetti Bolognese with a passion. Plus, the next request after spag bol, is always lasagne… like there’s a difference between the two meals??
Anyway, I figured the children had been tolerating Indian food every night for the past fortnight, so I should consider their tastebuds.
It was a surprise to me when the the top two dishes didn’t rate a mention. Thankfully Mr 11 wanted nachos. I don’t mind making nachos because I’m pretty good at making it reasonably healthy. Even though corn chips aren’t super healthy, my Chili mince is nutritious and lean.
To improve the nutritional value I like to sneak red kidney beans and corn into the mince. If I feel inclined I will also add a carrot with the onion, and chop that finely also. Today I used kangaroo mince because it has the highest levels of iron and protein, with the lowest percentage of fat. Kangaroo mince does taste a little gamey, but I find in nachos the flavour is completely hidden.
Consequently I’ve given the recipe for regular beef mince but feel free to alternate between beef, kangaroo and lamb mince. The cooking times, and other ingredients don’t vary.
In order to keep the volume of chips down, I add a layer of shredded lettuce to each serving plate. The lettuce adds a little more goodness whilst giving the dish more crunch. The children tolerate the additional greens in order to devour the chips.
Happily, since our recent trip to Mexico my avocado adverse children have fallen in love with guacamole! I serve the my Chili Nachos with a generous serving of guacamole. My Guac recipe includes Spanish onion, fresh coriander, tomato, lime and a few more ingredients.
So by the time the children sit down to eat I’m fairly confident Im serving them a healthy meal they will love.
Best of all the above recipe makes a large quantity of Mexican Chili mince so there’s always leftovers. The next day I can make Chili Mince Pies, Mexican Chili Stuffed Potato or Burritos.
If you’re looking for a tortilla recipe to make burritos check out this story. I’ve included a step by step YouTube to make it nice and easy.
After making this recipe on the stove top for years I have finally converted it to a Thermomix recipe. Please share with all your Thermie friends. I’ve added a pin to the story. Feel free to pin and share.
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