Vegetarian nacho salad

My #inspo for this recipe was the good old 'taco salad' we have at my house after having Mexican for dinner. And by taco salad, I mean the leftovers of the taco sharing plate, mixed together. Think lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and CHEESE. Cheese, my Mum and I feel, is what makes taco salad altogether more delicious than a regular salad. No offence, regular salad.


This nacho salad is a little bit fancy when compared to taco salad, but the fanciness doesn't come at the cost of time or money. It's super quick to make and will give you four solid portions, possibly more. My greed in relation to Mexican flavoured things often taints my ability to discern portion sizes.



1 can black beans
1 can red kidney beans (or another can of black beans)
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon hot paprika
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons tomato paste
olive oil
1/2 a large red chilli (or a small one if you want to spice up ur life)

1 avocado
1/2 a purple onion, sliced
1 head of NAME lettuce, chopped roughly
1/2 bunch of coriander
2 limes
200g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup firmly packed grated cheddar cheese
1 bag of natural corn chips

1. Put a goog glug of olive oil in a large pan and heat on medium. Add the chopped chilli and cook for a minute or so.
2. Add in the spices and stir to combine with the oil and chilli. Add in the drained beans and combine errything.
3. Add the tomato paste, and a few tablespoons of water to loosen.
4. While that is cooking, grab your coriander and chop the stalks from the leaves. Put the leaves aside, and chop the stalks roughly. Add 'em to the pan.
5. Cook this for about five minutes and then take off the head.
6. Add the sliced tomatoes, red onion and a small bunch of coriander leaves to a bowl, and cover well with lemon or lime juice. I say lemon or lime, because limes seem to be heartbreakingly expensive in #straya. Let it sit for 5 or so minutes, until the onion starts to yield to the citrusy power and get squishy.
7. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients: the bean mix, the tomato and onion mix, the cheese, the avocado, the leftover coriander, the corn chips etc etc. Mix them up very well. 
8. You are ready to serve! Get ready to become obsessed with grated cheddar in salads. I bet your inner pleb is already excited.