I mentioned a few months back that I love nachos and have been struggling to go without nachos as everything comes in plastic… Well tonight I finally did it! I had tried a couple of months ago to make my own corn chips, it was the biggest hassle and a bit of a fail, so I was so excited to finally find corn chips plastic free. I’m vegetarian, so these are meat free and healthy. You can very easily make it vegan by leaving out the sour cream or make a sunflower seed sour cream.
Corn Chips- I got these in my cloth bread bag from Mexicali Fresh in the city. They make them fresh and in-house. I just asked if I can get some corn chips takeaway in my own bag, I didn’t buy anything else and wasn’t eating in. The server said that wasn’t weird and people often get corn chips takeaway. The server was a bit weird-ed out about putting the corn chips straight in to a cloth bag, they usually sell them in paper bags. The chips cost $5.
Beans- Package free pinto beans in bought in bulk (I had run out of red kidney beans), soaked overnight in homemade stock. Then boiled, cooked with onions, tomato paste (bought in a jar) and grated avocado seed and chucked in my food processor.
Vegan ‘Cheese’- I tried Going Zero Waste’s vegan cheese nacho recipe. It was pretty tasty, however mine didn’t turn out as well as hers, I suspect because I used red kumara (sweet potato) instead of red potato, and I didn’t have any jalapenos.
‘Sour Cream’- I used homemade yogurt that had gone a bit bitter.
I already had the staple ingredients in my fridge/pantry, I only needed the corn chips and capsicum. The only waste I had from the meal was a sticker from my avocado. I will admit that this wasn’t the quick and easy nachos that everyone knows and loves, but they were super healthy and extremely satisfying as I knew I had finally achieved my goal of making waste free nachos! And they were delicious! I didn’t feel guilty having a massive serving.
Total cost: Approx $13/ $6.50 per serve.
Update: check out my blog post here on where to buy package free cheese in Auckland or make your own vegan cheese.