How to make Easy Homemade Cheesy Nachos under $5

cheesy nachos

YES! This recipe will not do any more $5 of damage to your wallet..

the inspiration

Who doesn’t love good pub grub that goes with beer! You know thick beefy wedges, crunchy chips and the likes? I fancy it even more if this can pass for finger food but healthily replace a full meal. For that reason,

I absolutely love cheesy nachos!

cheesy nachosYes, I know they don’t exactly qualify as traditional pub food except maybe at a Mexican Restaurant! But man, when prepared right, these can any day replace fries (unless of course fries are topped with chilli, in which case we have a tie!)

And occasionally there are times when a bowl of nachos just cannot be enough! That devilishly uncontrollable urge to order another round! At this point it becomes unreasonably expensive too; you know they aren’t cheap as chips, right?!

Especially in the case of nachos, if you are not watching, it’s easy to consume a ton of calories all the while being cast under its tasty spell!

Neither can you stop yourself from having more nor do you wanna shell out another $15, for you know its pure indulgent flavors that’s making you crave it!

So to put an end to all this misery I set out to recreate a simple homemade healthier version with store bought corn chips, homemade tex-mex salsa, black beans and loads of (light) tasty cheese, all for under $5!

cheesy nachos recipe

And thus originated this Cheesy Veggie Nachos recipe! And boy, wasn’t I pleased as hell! Oh and please note I said healthier, not healthy, for its after all Nachos baby! 

Delightful Homemade Veggie Nachos

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 main meal portions


  • 1 400g can of red kidney beans/ black beans (healthier choice)
  • 1 bag of Baked Corn Chips (approx. 170g)
  • Light Tasty Cheese (shredded) - generous enough to cover chips & beans beneath
  • 200g, diced tomato (1/2 can)
  • 1 med sized onion, diced into small cubes
  • 1 jalapeño, diced with seeds in
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (use smoked paprika for a tex-mex twist - AWESOME)
  • a small handful of coriander leaves, chopped


  1. For the Salsa
  2. Heat olive oil in a flat pan
  3. Once its HOT, add in cumin powder and cayenne pepper and let is sizzle for approx. 10 secs
  4. Add the onions and cook until translucent
  5. Add in the jalapeño & tomatoes
  6. Keep stirring and cook until the sauce thickens, stir and keep aside
  7. Nachos
  8. Spray some oil on a medium depth bake tray and line the corn chips; don't use all the chips just yet
  9. Spoon over some of the salsa as the next layer
  10. Use the baked beans to form the third layer
  11. Sprinkle chopped coriander over the beans as garnish
  12. Top it off with the rest of the corn chips
  13. Add the tasty cheese generously all over to form the top layer
  14. Bake at 180 deg C approx. for 25-30 mins or until the cheese melts and turn golden brown on the top!
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Here is a price break-down of how much it will cost you to make this at home,

Chips $2; Tomatoes $0.40; Onion $0.20; Tasty Cheese $0.80; Red Kidney Beans $0.75 / Black beans $1; Spices <$1; All up ~ $5!

**Aldi & Coles Supermarket home brand prices! If you’re reading this overseas, prices may even be lower!

Please Note:

  • In this recipe I used both Red Kidney beans and Black Beans to give it a healthier kick and even got rid of the sour cream in an attempt to further cut back on the calories.
  • While I still found this recipe delicious, you can always use some low fat greek yogurt as a replacement for the sour cream, if you absolutely must! But I really think it is unnecessary.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did and I look forward to your comments!

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