Mexican Mince - Nachos Style

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"From our weekday newspaper The West Australian."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (259 g)
  • Calories 193.4
  • Total Fat - 6.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 25976.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 33.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.5 g
  • Sugars - 18.1 g
  • Protein - 3.4 g
  • Calcium - 73.2 mg
  • Iron - 2.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 22.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat oil in a large frypan and fry onion, garlic and mince for about 5 minutes, till onions are clear and meat is browned.

Step 2

Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally

Step 3

SERVING SUGGESTION Use scissors to cut up a tortilla or flat bread into triangle shapes and cook in the oven (10 minutes at 180° C) or in a sandwich press until golden and crunchy and top these crispy triangles with a spoonful of Mexican Mince, a sprinkle of reduced-fat cheese and a spoonful of low-fat natural yoghurt and add spring onions and chilli flakes for extra spice.

Step 4

TIP Double the recipe and freeze individual servings for an easy dinner another day.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When buying mince, try to get the leanest version available to reduce fat content.
  • When buying canned tomatoes and beans, try to get the no-added-salt versions to reduce sodium content.

  • Substitute the beef mince for plant-based mince, such as Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods, for a vegetarian-friendly option. This substitution will make the recipe more accessible for those following a vegetarian diet, while still maintaining the same flavor and texture.
  • Substitute the canola oil for olive oil for a healthier option. Olive oil is a healthier fat than canola oil and is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health.

Vegetarian Variation Replace the beef mince with 250 grams of crumbled tofu and add 1 teaspoon of soy sauce.

Mexican Rice - A simple and flavorful side dish to complement the Mexican Mince. Mexican Rice is made with long grain rice, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, and cilantro. It's a great way to add a little extra flavor and texture to the meal, while still keeping the meal light and healthy.

Black Bean Salad: A light and refreshing black bean salad is a great way to complement the Mexican Mince. This salad is made with black beans, sweet corn, red onion, and cilantro, and is tossed in a light vinaigrette. This salad adds a nice crunchy texture and a fresh flavor to the meal, while still being light and healthy.


Q: How do I make the tortilla chips?

A: Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut a tortilla or flatbread into triangle shapes, place on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes or until golden and crunchy.

Q: What can I use instead of tortilla chips?

A: You can use pita chips, crackers, potato chips, or any other type of crunchy snack.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The Mexican Mince - Nachos Style recipe is inspired by the popular Tex-Mex dish, Nachos, which was invented by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya in 1943. Nacho was a restaurateur in Piedras Negras, Mexico and the dish was created when a group of military wives requested a snack at his restaurant.

Fun Fact 2: Mexican Mince - Nachos Style is a great way to enjoy Mexican cuisine without the high fat and calories of traditional dishes. It has become a popular dish for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, who are known for their healthy eating habits.