Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Beef Tacos

Taco Tuesday

After spending two days listening to the endless drones of a man-flu victim, there was nothing else for it. If it kept him quiet for half an hour, I was going to slave away at the stove for twenty minutes to prepare his fave dinner - Cheesy Beef Tacos.

This recipe is SO quick and easy, looks the part and tastes restaurant quality! If you want to try it, here's what you'll need:

  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1tsp ground Cumin, 1tsp Chilli flakes, 1tsp hot Paprika
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped into small chunks
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • Lettuce
  • A load of grated cheddar cheese
  • Ready made taco shells, I use Old El Paso, below

For the lettuce, I use baby gems as the leaves fit perfectly into the little taco shells...

Firstly, fry your onion and garlic in a little oil. Add the mince and brown all over. Then add your Cumin, Paprika, Chilli flakes, tomato puree and give it all a good stir.

Allow to cook for a few minutes to let the Mexican spices flavour the meat.

Meanwhile, prepare your taco shells so they are standing upright in an oven proof dish. Add the lettuce leaves something like this:

Pile the mince meat mixture into the taco shells. Sprinkle OVER-generously with your grated cheese, and pop in the oven till cheese is melted, glistening, and screaming out your name.

Add the chopped tomatoes and spring onion to the top of the tacos and stuff any gaps you can around the sides with spare tomato.

Grate on a little more cheese (one can never have too much). Place delicately on a plate with a lettuce leaf to make it look like a Ramsey creation and serve!

Oh, and don't forget to summon the flu patient before you polish them all off!

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