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Recipe: Mexican in a hurry ¡Arriba!

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You’d think our #newnormal would mean more hours to luxuriate in the ritual of preparing an evening meal.

Not in our household. At the moment, everyone is slightly unhinged by the tasks of school work and the juggle to keep careers afloat amid the demands of kids who seem to be asking for something (snacks, help with homework, requests for their devices) every five minutes. Or maybe that’s just my kids…

In any case, this will shut them up.

This meal, which I have niftily entitled ‘Deconstructed Nachos Bake’ can be thrown together in under ten minutes. Truly.

And you can mix and match the ingredients to your fridge content or personal taste. It is highly adaptable.

You’ll need

  • A large baking tray
  • A bag of corn chips (we love the Organic Benino corn chips we source from the Ainslie IGA)
  • A can of black beans
  • A can of La Morena refried beans
  • Half a block of your favourite cheese (we like mozzarella)
  • 2-3 avocados
  • 1 large corn on the cob microwaved and corn cut off.
  • Half a tub of Farmer’s Union natural yoghurt
  • A cup of tiny tomatoes cut in half or half a red capsicum diced. Or both!
  • A bunch of coriander, chopped
  • A bunch of chives, diced finely
  • One large red chili, diced finely
  • Half a Spanish onion, diced finely


Layer your chips in the pan and, using a spoon, ladle out dollops of the refried beans among the chips. Sprinkle the drained black beans over the top.

Cover it all with grated cheese and pop it into a 180-degree oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and chips have browned slightly.

Bring it out of the oven and sprinkle over the corn, diced onion, tomatoes and avocado.

If you have time, you can replace the avocado with spoonfuls of guacamole (mix three avocados with finely diced red onion, coriander, finely diced red chili, lime juice, salt, pepper and olive oil). But if the rush is on, slice up the avocado and throw it on the pile.

Add dollops of the natural yoghurt (Farmer’s Union is rich, smooth, and tastes exactly like sour cream, so beware of more chunky and sour natural yoghurts which won’t look or taste as good).

Sprinkle the coriander, chives and red chili on top and then watch your family devour it like a pack of hungry hyenas. Sorry—dig in. A little messy to eat but highly delicious.

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