We all know mince is a cheaper meat option, but there is only so much mince you can eat before you’re bored, right?

If you’re tired of the same old mince dishes, here are 5 delicious, cheap and easy mince recipes with a twist:

1. Lazy nachos

If you’re not really in the mood to cook, but want something yummy to eat, this lazy nacho dish will hit the spot.
This dish feeds up to 6 people, depending on how big your portions are.

What you need:

500g of mince
1 x medium onion
1 x green pepper or 1 x cup of chopped jalapeño peppers (optional)
1 to 2 cans of diced canned tomato (depending on how saucy you want your nachos)
2 x different packs of Doritos
2 x cups of grated cheese
1 x cup of sour cream (optional)
Guacamole (optional)
Your favourite spices

What to do:

1. In a pan, fry the onions in a splash of oil until translucent. Add the mince and spice to taste. Fry until brown.
2. Add the peppers and canned tomatoes. Let the dish simmer while stirring occasionally.
Note: I use oven-proof individual oven bowls when making nachos. This way everyone receives their own baked dish. However, you can also use a larger serving dish for everyone to dish from.
3. Once the mince is cooked, spoon a thin layer into the oven-proof, greased bowls. Add a layer of mixed Doritos on this. Continue alternating layers until the bowls are full. Add a sprinkle of cheese between the layers every now and then.
4. Top off the nachos with a layer of cheese.
5. Bake or grill the nachos until the cheese melts or becomes golden brown, depending on your preference.
That’s it. You can now serve your delicious nachos. For added flavour, serve with a scoop of sour cream and guacamole. Yummy.

Nachos Supreme

2. Wraps a la Mexicana cheat

This Mexican-inspired hack gives you all of the flavours, but none of the hassle. And you can stretch the dish with baked beans.
This dish feeds up to 8 people, depending on how big your portions are.

What you need:

500g of mince
1 x medium onion
1 x green pepper or 1 x cup of chopped jalapeño peppers (optional)
1 to 2 cans of baked beans
1 can of diced canned tomato (depending on how saucy you want your nachos)
Shredded cabbage (amount depends on how many wraps you’re making)
Pack of wraps
1 x cup of sour cream (optional)
Your favourite spices

Depending on how spicy you like it, you can add various chillies, peppers and spices. I tread lightly when it comes to hot-and-spicy dishes, which makes this mild dish perfect for me.

What you do:

1. In a pan, fry the onions in a splash of oil until translucent. Add the mince and spice to taste. Fry until brown.
2. Add the peppers, baked beans and canned tomatoes. Let the dish simmer while stirring occasionally.
That’s it.
3. Once the mince is cooked, prepare the wraps according to the instructions on the packaging.
4. Fill the wraps with mince, shredded cabbage and sour cream, roll and enjoy.
Leftover mince can be refrigerated or frozen. You can make more wraps with the leftovers, or enjoy it on a jacket potato.

Burritos wraps with minced beef and vegetables

3. Hawaiian jacket potato

The added tang of pineapple and chutney makes this sweet-and-savoury dish an instant favourite.
This dish feeds up to 6 people, depending on how big your portions are.

What you need:

500g of mince
1 x medium onion
+/- R15 to R20 sandwich ham from a deli, chopped up
1 to 2 cups of chutney
1 to 2 cans of pineapple, chopped into chunky bits
Worcestershire sauce to taste
2 x cups of grated cheese
Your favourite spices
Potatoes – one per serving

What to do:

Note: I cook jacket potatoes in the microwave – yes, that’s how lazy of a cook I am. To do this, place your potatoes in a microwavable dish. Add a little bit of boiling water, about 1cm to 2cm, depending on the amount of potatoes. Start the microwave at full heat. Every few minutes, flip the potatoes around. Continue this until the potatoes are soft throughout. Now just cut open to serve.

1. In a pan, fry the onions in a splash of oil until translucent. Add the mince and spice to taste. Fry until brown.
2. Add the chutney and Worcestershire sauce. Let the dish simmer while stirring occasionally.
3. After a few minutes, add the pineapple with some of its sauce. Let the dish simmer while stirring occasionally.
4. When the mince is nearly cooked, stir in the ham and let the dish simmer while stirring occasionally until the mince is cooked.
5. Dish the mince mixture onto the jacket potatoes and cover with cheese.
Easy as that.

4. Sloppy bunny Joes

Think Sloppy Joes meets Bunny Chows – a super saucy and savoury comfort dish. All you need to do is cook up a pot of extremely saucy mince using your favourite spices and sauces, and serve this in half a hollowed-out bread. Caution – things might get messy.

5. Egg-fried mince

Use mince to shake up this staple Eastern-inspired dish.

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