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Beef Tacos – I think I’m beginning to like Mexican Food!

Posted on September 22, 2010 by in beef

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Beef Tacos

Beef tacos made with ground beef is Americanized food, Tex-Mex, I hear. Authentic Mexican food is made with shredded boneless beef, no shortcuts!  I would not know, I have never been to Mexico and might never go there in my life and for me right now, life is too short to ……well, shred some beef!
I am so busy in the kitchen all day with recipe development so come supper, I need to make something quick and interesting. I do have a “blog monster” to feed, right?
I could have bought the taco shells, but  that would have been too easy. I needed a bit of a challenge so on to Google I went and found this easy recipe, but I decided to deep fry the taco shells instead of baking them. I know, a naughty move, but hey, this is my blog, so I can!

Beef Tacos
Beef Tacosenough for about 10-12 taco shells

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 onions finely chopped
4 cloves garlic – finely chopped
1 tsp chili flakes
1 Tbsp ground coriander
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 kg lean beef mince
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 cup water
25gr dark (70%) chocolate
2 cans red kidney beans
salt and pepper to taste.

Beef Tacos

Heat oil in pan. Saute onion until soft. Add garlic and fry for 1 minute.Add chili, coriander, cumin and stir well. Toss in the meat and brown. Stir in red pepper, chopped tomatoes, tomato ketchup, paste, water and chocolate and mix well. Simmer for 45 minutes. Add more water if necessary. Add kidney beans and season well. Transfer to serving dish.

Beef Tacos

Place the beef and small bowls on the table with guacamole, tomato salsa, grated cheese, coriander, shredded lettuce, chili and some sour cream and let the good times roll! With a long weekend upon us, this is just the kind of thing  to serve. If you could not be bothered to make your own taco shells, buy them ready made, but I did feel a sense of accomplishment for trying!

Some other ground beef recipes that you might be interested in:


Meatballs with Banana and Onion relish

Supper in a bundle

Don’t forget that Friday 24 September is Braai Heritage Day.  Stock up on meat and other delicious goodies to braai. Gather some friends, make a fire and celebrate our heritage! In case you are all out of ideas, here is just the link for you! I will be serving this delicious Mushroom Pasta Salad with some grilled chicken, lamb and beef!

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22 Responses to “Beef Tacos – I think I’m beginning to like Mexican Food!”

  1. Wendy @ Mint Tea 22 September 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Drool!!! Those look gorgeous. As do ALL your blog posts! Sorry I have been a bit slack on the comment front but please know I do pop in all the time!!! Did you get the books I sent? xxx

  2. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen 22 September 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    These look so good! I could crunch into one right now!

  3. browniegirl 23 September 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Gadzoooks Nina…but these look gloriously good girl. Excellent stuff. You amaze me all the time. Hugs xx

  4. Arnold 23 September 2010 at 5:36 am #

    These look delicious. I thought I was dreaming when I saw that you add chocolate, nice touch.

  5. Jan 23 September 2010 at 8:10 am #

    You always go one better Nina! Frying the tacos!!! YUM they look sooo good!

  6. LadyRaven 23 September 2010 at 8:50 am #

    oo these look fantastic!

    I love TexMex food, it is my default setting, especially when cooking for larger groups

  7. Marisa 23 September 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    Mexican food is always a winner in our house! Whenever I'm too lazy to make a full on meal, but not in the mood for hotdogs, I whip out some mince and some tortillas (or just use rotis) and there I go.

    Where oh where did you find the masa flour? Have tried to make the corn tortillas at home too, but couldn't find the proper flour, so used maize flour instead. Well that was a dismal failure. :-/

  8. Pam 23 September 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    You know how much I love Mexican food! Your tacos are SCREAMING my name.

  9. mycookinghut 23 September 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Looks really good! Mexican food is yummy!

  10. Junglefrog 23 September 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Well I definitely think it was a great idea to deepfry the taco shells. it looks deliciously crunchy!
    Great dish. I have always loved Mexican food!

  11. myfrenchkitchen 24 September 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Wow nina…this looks fabulous and I'm very impressed with you making your shells yourself…I would've really taken the shortcut road!
    and congrats on your radio appearance too…well deserved, wish I could've tuned in!

  12. Peter M 24 September 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    They look damn good…right down to the homemade taco shells!

  13. Cindy 25 September 2010 at 8:41 am #

    This looks good, Nina, wonderful option for my weekly mince.

  14. Juno 25 September 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Beautiful, Nina. You are so accomplished, and your photographs are a feast for the eyes. I think it's a complete travesty that your blog has not received the credit it deserves in a CERTAIN set of blog awards. Pffft.

  15. 27 September 2010 at 5:27 am #

    Nina, those shells look sooooooo good. I want to jump through my computer for those tacos. YUM.

  16. Pinkpolkadot 28 September 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    THis looks soooooo delicious, Nins!!! I hope I will manage to post another comment!!

  17. Krusticle 30 September 2010 at 12:21 am #

    These remind me of the traditional San Antonio style "puffy" tacos from my childhood, where you fry up fresh masaharina tortillas to make the shells. Food Networks' Bobby Flay even did a throwdown with puffy taco queen Diana Barrios in San Antonio ( Important tip: after frying the shell, be sure to poke a hole on one end to let the oil drain out to keep your shells light and crispy. Nina, your tacos look delicious, just add dirty rice and Texas caviar (baked beans). Now where did I put my tortilla press?

  18. Wena 21 March 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Heavenly! Have to try this!!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

  19. Nica 26 March 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Instead of using canned tomatoes, can I use fresh tomatoes and get the same taste?

  20. Carmina 31 March 2011 at 1:11 am #

    Been looking another variation for this dish and finally found it, i'll try this one.


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