Wednesday, February 6, 2008

South African Ostrich Nachos

Here is something we made as a bit of an experiment. Well, I use "we" sparingly since I was busy doing some work while Michelle prepared most of it. The ostrich mince can be swopped with beef mince if you're not a fan, but I think the ostrich is the healthier "other red meat".

400g Ostrich Mince
1.5 Large Onions
Garlic Cloves to taste preference (we used 6 small ones)
Half Green Pepper
Half Red Pepper
Half Yellow Pepper
2 Small Tomatoes
1 Chilli (more if you like it spicy)
Peri Peri Powder
Cumin Powder
Tomato Sauce
Cheddar Cheese
Cottage Cheese
Large bag of Chilli Big Korn Bites

Dice one large onion and the garlic and fry them in a little butter. Dice a quarter of each pepper and add to the onion and garlic. Cook till the onions are transparent. Add a tablespoon of Cumin to the mix and then sprinkle some peri peri and coriander in.

While you're wating for the onions to cook, start preparing the salsa by dicing the tomatoes, another quarter of each pepper, half an onion and the chilli. Add some salt and pepper to taste and mix in a bowl.

The onions should be done by now, so add the mince and a cup of water (enough to prevent it from burning). Cook until you're satistied the meat is done (20-30mins).

Lay the chips on a plate, spoon the mince over the chips, then add some salsa on top of that, some cottage cheese, a few more chips, grated cheddar cheese and some more cottage cheese if you like.

Pop the plates under the grill to melt and slightly brown the cheese. Remove and serve.

Awesome with guacomole and sour cream.


Blake said...


I just HAVE to try this recipe! I'm on this kick right now where I'm trying every new and exciting meat I can get my hands on and this recipe looks seriously delicious as well as unique!

I was sort of inspired after stumbling upon this website for exotic meat... They sell it, yet, but they also give great information and recipes and you don't have to pay anything or register to see them. Anyway, hopefully this will helpful to you when purchasing ostrich meat and thank you SO MUCH for the great recipe post!!

Happy eating!

Ross said...

Thanks Blake. Yeah, Ostrich is still pretty exotic, but starting to become more mainstream here. It's quite popular for health conscious eaters as it's very similar to beef, but without the usual bad sides of "red meat".

Personally I eat anything, but hey... different strokes for different folks.