Ten Minute Bean Nachos!

In our house I'm still hearing the 'kids food' and 'grown up food' differentiation as much I discourage it. 

So every second night I serve up validated 'kids food' (for heavens sake) to minimise the argument. 

Is this, alongside spaghetti bolognaise and homemade pizza, possibly the ultimate 'kids food'?

 SUPER quick bean nachos.

Here's what I think is in it (forgive me, I am quite vague this week. Blame six-months-pregnant brain.)

1 onion finely chopped

splodge of olive oil

pinch salt

1 x 400g tin red kidney beans (soaking & cooking them fresh or in fact hand harvesting your own from your biodynamic garden would be better of course, but today we are interested in speed.)

1 x 800g tin tomatoes (please see above)

1 x 400g tin baked beans

Handful of fresh herbs if you have them, or dried is good too (I used oregano)

grated cheddar cheese

corn chips

sliced avocado

sour cream on top

chilli sauce on top of that

Saute the onion in the oil and salt:


Rinse your kidney beans:


Hurl them into the pan. Add the tomatoes, the baked beans, the herbs. You could add sweet corn or chick peas, that'd be yummy. 


Cook for about 10 mins, or longer if you have the time and don't have hungry kids climbing your legs. The baked beans give a nice depth of flavour, cooking for a bit longer improves it. 10 mins will do though!


While it's cooking, grate some cheese…


The kids just had corn chips with beans and cheddar on top.

Adam and I melted the cheese onto the corn chips for ours, added the beans then sliced avocado, sour cream and chilli sauce.

Quick. Relatively kid-friendly. Beanie. Good. 


5 Comments on “Ten Minute Bean Nachos!

March 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

thats more like it!!!

March 11, 2010 at 12:23 am

Love it! I make tortillas that are a lot like this (I read recently that tortilla wraps are really low GI and they’re certainly low fat). I do use sweet corn but leave out the baked beans. Oh and it tastes more Mexican-y if you add some cumin. Then just roll in the tortilla wraps and sprinkle with cheese and bake for a bit. Yum yum!

Alex Nolan
March 11, 2010 at 12:58 am

Any top tips for a 13 month old that doesn’t want anything other than fruit? Oh, and as aside, he only has 5 teeth :o)

green ink
March 11, 2010 at 8:57 am

Looks lovely! I haven’t had nachos for ages. Might need to remedy that now 🙂

March 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm

That does look delish, and I’ve been craving nachos for a while. I think your kids are doing so well to eat the beans, I’ve encouraged my kids, but not one of them will have a bar of them. Argh


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