Help get NZ cooking: Easy mexican mince

Last updated 05:00 13/10/2012
VERSATILE: The beauty about this meal is you can have it with whatever you have in the cupboard, writes Alana Plasmeyer.

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There are so many things to do with mince, but I tend to do the same things over and over, so I'm trying to branch out.


Main ingredient Beef
Type of dish Mexican
Course Main course
Cooking time <30 min
Serves/makes 4 or more
Special options Dairy-free

If you don't cook Mexican regularly, give it a go. It's much easier than you'd think and the flavours are amazing.

Yes, you can go out and purchase a packet of pre-made powder, but here is a recipe which you may have all the ingredients for already. As a bonus it's much lower in salt, preservatives and is also cheaper.

1 Onion, finely diced
1 clove Garlic, crushed
500g Mince (best quality you can afford)
1 teaspoons hot ground Chilli
1 teaspoon Paprika
2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
1 tablespoon Beef Stock
Black Pepper
2 teaspoons dried Coriander OR 1 handful fresh
1 can chopped Tomatoes
Hot Water
1 tablespoon Flour
1 can Kidney Beans, drained and well rinsed
Salad ingredients of your choice


1. Brown half a finely diced onion and one clove of crushed garlic (or 1 tsp if it's out of a jar) in a wok or deep frying pan.

2. Add 500 grams of premium mince and cook until the mince is browned.

3. Stir together 2 tsp hot ground chilli, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tbs beef stock. A generous grind of black pepper, 2 tsp dried coriander or a handful of fresh coriander. These measurements are just a guideline, so adjust them according to your taste.

4. Add to the wok and fry off the spices, then add a can of chopped tomatoes and a dash of hot water with a heaped tablespoon of flour mixed into it. The flour helps the sauce to thicken up.

5. You can also add a can of drained kidney beans to bulk the meal up.

6. While this is cooking and reducing prepare your salad. I grate cheese and carrots, shred lettuce, cube tomatoes, rip up some coriander leaves and take some corn out of the freezer, put in a mug and cover with boiling water for a few minutes until hot.

7. You'll know the mince is ready when most of the juices have evaporated so if you were to put the mince in a wrap you wouldn't have it running everywhere.

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The beauty about this meal is you can have it with whatever you have in the cupboard.

You can put it in taco shells, in a wrap, cook rice for with it or have it just with the salad. You can also serve with salsa and sour cream if that's what you like.

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