Updated: May 20, 2020
When I first started to cook, the only thing I wanted to do with minced beef was spaghetti Bolongnese. Well, that was the only thing I knew. There are so many different ways to turn the ground beef into a dish everyone loves.This Mexican beef sauce is flavoured with cumin, marjoram, garlic, red wine and a chilli. It is an exciting flavour that goes so well corn totillas, cheese, guacamole and some salad. I must have made this dish close to 100 times over the last 10 year.
When I went to Mexico, the fresh fruits and vegetables are so different and large! Avacoados are the sizes of a large baking potoato. Bright and large green cactus ( yes cactus!) is common in a salad. Freshly made corn tortillas are widely sold in a shophouse near a market. Street food vendors selling blue corn tortilla quesadillas with cheese and courgette flowers. It was extremely appetising. What a fun place.
Prep 10 minutes Total time 1hr 30 mins
Serve 8 people large portions
1 onion, chopped
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped
1 stick celery chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp finely chopped red chilli
2 tbsp oregano or marjoram leaves or 1 tsp dried
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 kg minced beef
A glass of red wine
1*400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
150ml beef stock
2 handfuls of chopped coriander
15 warmed taco shells or tortillas
Put onion, carros and celery in a food processor. Blitz it until finely chopped. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and fry the vegetables with chlli and marjoram until soft, stirring regularly. Mix in garlic and cumin.
Add the minced beef, turn up the heat. Stir the beef around to mix with the vegetable until brown. Add the wine, tomatoes, puree, stock, salt and pepper.
Bring to boil and simmer covered over a low heat for at least an hour. The last 15 minute, remove the cover and continue to cook until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Stir in chopped coriander
Have ready guacamole , grated cheese of your choice, sour cream, Pile some beef in a tortilla, topped with cheese and sour cream. Fold it in half and put it in a non stick frying pan on medium heat. Once the cheese starts to melt, flip it and cook for another minute.