5 Appetisers in 30 minutes or less

Dec 23, 2013 at 10:10 p.m. ET

Every fabulous party deserves equally fabulous finger food, but you don't want to slave away in the kitchen for hours to make them. Here are five appetisers that will go from the fridge to festivities in 30 minutes or less!

Don't sacrifice your social life — or kitchen — for finger food preparation. Getting ready for a party should be easy and fun. Luckily for you, we've put together five delicious appetisers that take 30 minutes or less to make, so you can turn your mind to more important things — like the pursuit of the perfect party outfit.

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Individual nachos recipe

Individual nachos recipe

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 250 grams kidney beans
  • 2 (230-gram) packets corn chips
  • 2 tablespoons coriander
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 200 grams shredded cheese
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 avocado
  • 100 millilitres sour cream

Individual nachos recipe

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

Individual nachos recipe

2. In a medium-sized pan, heat the oil and cook the onion until it's glazed (about 2 minutes).

Individual nachos recipe

3. Add the ground beef and cook until it's brown.

Individual nachos recipe

4. Add the beans, tomato paste, chilli and cumin.

Individual nachos recipe

5. Cook, stirring for a further 5 minutes, until everything is well combined, then take it off the heat.

Individual nachos recipe

6. Add three-quarters of the coriander and stir it through.

Individual nachos recipe

7. Place a baking sheet inside a baking dish and lay the chips out, ensuring there are a few millilitres of space between them.

Individual nachos recipe

8. Working one by one, spoon the meat mixture onto the chips.

Individual nachos recipe

9. Top the chips with the shredded cheese.

Individual nachos recipe

10. Bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Individual nachos recipe

11. While the nachos are baking, mash the avocado in a bowl and stir through the remainder of the coriander.

12. Once the nachos are done, spoon a bit of the avocado mixture onto each one.

Individual nachos recipe

13. Spoon a bit of salsa onto each chip.

Individual nachos recipe

14. Finish off by spooning a bit of sour cream onto each chip.

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