Food / Wellbeing

Jacqueline Alwill’s recipe for pumpkin nachos

An old-school favourite, reimagined. Forget everything you knew about the humble nachos - it's time to update the classic with fresh and tasty produce, courtesy of nutritionist and author Jacqueline Alwill.

Mexi Pumpkin Nachos
Serves 4


2kg jap pumpkin (approximately 1/2 pumpkin) cut into 2.5cm thick wedges
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
400g tin cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 bunch coriander, leaves picked and stalks finely chopped
1 avocado, peeled and diced
Juice of half a lime
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup (150g) cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters
Chilli and jalapeños as desired

Yoghurt dressing
1/4 cup greek yoghurt or natural coconut yoghurt if dairy free
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon lemon juice 


Preheat oven to 200C and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. Arrange pumpkin pieces flat over the tray, sprinkle with paprika and cumin, drizzle with two tablespoons of olive oil and toss to coat, then place in oven to cook for 1 hour, turning half way.

Whilst pumpkin is cooking make the beans. Heat a frypan on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, black beans, coriander stalks and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper for five minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Make the salsa by combining avocado, lime juice red onion and tomatoes in a small bowl, add chilli if desired and toss gently.

Make the yoghurt dressing by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl. To serve, place pumpkin pieces on a large serving platter, top with bean mix, salsa, drizzle with yoghurt dressing, sprinkle coriander leaves over the top and add jalapeños if desired.

Jacqueline Alwill is a qualified, practicing nutritionist, author of Seasons to Share and director at The Brown Paper Bag.