Beef nachos with coriander salsa

Adam Liaw
Beef nachos with coriander salsa.
Beef nachos with coriander salsa. Photo: William Meppem

You can use a packet Mexican seasoning if you like, but it's very simple to make your own with just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.


• ¼ cup olive oil

• 1 brown onion, diced

• 4 cloves garlic, minced

• 500g beef mince

• 2 tbsp tomato paste

• 1 can diced peeled tomatoes

• 1 tsp salt

• 1 tbsp soy sauce

• 1 tsp sugar

• 300g unsalted corn chips

• 1½ cups shredded tasty cheese

• ½ cup sour cream

• 2 cups mixed cherry tomatoes, halved

• 1 avocado, sliced

Coriander salsa

• ½ red onion, finely diced

• ½ cup finely shredded coriander

• 3 pickled jalapeño chillies, diced

• juice of 1-2 limes

• ½ tsp sugar

• pinch of salt

Seasoning mix

• 1 tsp celery salt, or ordinary salt

• 1 tsp smoked paprika

• 1 tsp hot chilli powder

• 2 tsp ground coriander

• 2 tsp ground cumin

• ½ tsp black pepper

• 1 tsp dried oregano


Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the oil, onion and garlic. Fry for a few minutes until fragrant, then add the beef and brown well. Add the tomato paste and canned tomatoes along with the seasoning mix, salt, soy sauce and sugar. Simmer for about 30 minutes until the mixture is thickened and rich. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

For the coriander salsa, combine all the ingredients together and mix well. Heat your oven to 200˚C (180˚C fan-forced). Place the corn chips into a baking dish and pour the beef mixture on top. Scatter liberally with the cheese and bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Top with the sour cream, cherry tomatoes, coriander salsa and avocado and serve immediately.