Bring a bit of Mexico into your home with delicious tacos the whole family will love! In summer, I would tend to use fresh salsa with mango and coriander but as it’s winter here in Australia, my cravings lean more towards hot and spicy beef or steak tacos. You can make as much filling as you like (saving some for later in the week) and top it with fresh homemade salsa, cheese, avocado and sour cream. It’s a dinner winner any night of the week!
Here’s what you will need to make 12 beef mince tacos…
- 500g beef mince
- 1 large yellow onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 4 red chillies
- 4 jalepenos
- 1/4 cup of fajita mix or seasonings mixed (ground cumin seed, ground paprika, salt, pepper, dried oregano and chilli)
- 1/2 cup black beans
- 1/2 cup corn
- 12 hard or soft tacos
- 2 roma tomatoes
- 1 cup of coriander
- 1 small red onion
- 2 limes cut into wedges
- 1 cup of chedder cheese
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 avocados
- 2 cups of sliced iceburg lettuce
With tacos, most of the work is in the prep!
Chop your yellow onion in 4-5 cm cubed pieces and finely chop your garlic seperately and set aside. Next, dice your tomatoes, red onion and coriander into small to medium cubes and mix with a spoon into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lime to your salsa and set aside. Also, cut up your avocado into small cubes. Finally, thinly slice your lettuce, chillis and jalepenos and set aside to be added to your tacos later.
In a large skillet or pan line your base with olive oil and add your onion. Cook the onion until it is clear and corners start to crisp. Next, add your garlic and cook for another minute. Add your mince and break up the mince finely and add your sliced red chillis. If you’re cooking for little ones, you may want to add the chillies as garnish later. Now, it’s flavour time, add your 1/4 cup of seasoning to your mince and stir. If the paste is too dry just add a small amount of water. Add your black beans and corn. Cook for 10 min until browned and cooked through.
While you are cooking your mince filling, you can heat up your hard tacos in the oven on 90 degrees. For soft tacos, add a bit of olive oil to a pan and heat them on medium high until you they start to wam and brown, then take them off and set aside.
Finally, it is time to create your tacos. This can be fun to do with your family, everyone can create thier own or you can put them together and place them on the dinner table to impress your guests.
I like to add a thin later of chedder cheese on the bottom of the tacos, then add your mince filling and another thin layer of cheese. Next, add your lettuce, salsa, avocado and sour cream in that order. Top with jalepenos for those who love spicy (like me)!
Serve with several napkins and enjoy!