Inauthentic tacos

Inauthentic tacos

By
From
Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home
Serves
4
Photographer
Patricia Niven

MRS: I know it’s putting it out there, but I grew up on Old El Paso tacos and I love those hard taco shells. Back in the day we had them with lentils rather than minced beef, setting up the lazy Susan on the dinner table with all the accompaniments. I make my own taco seasoning these days but I’m still a sucker for the hard shell.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
see method for ingredients

Filling

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely diced
500g minced (ground) beef
1 teaspoon each of sweet paprika, cumin and ground coriander
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 carrot, grated
1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
pinch of salt flakes

Tomato salsa

Quantity Ingredient
2–3 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
pinch of salt flakes
1 handful coriander leaves, chopped

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
Guacamole
125g grated cheddar
125g natural yoghurt
1/2 iceberg, cos (romaine) or butter lettuce, shredded
12 hard taco shells

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

    For the filling, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion and garlic and cook for 1–2 minutes until just softened. Add the beef and spices, using a wooden spoon to break the meat up into small pieces, and cook for 3–4 minutes until browned. Add the chopped tomatoes, carrot, red-wine vinegar and salt and cook for a further 10–15 minutes until the mince is cooked through and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

    While the mince is cooking, prepare the accompaniments. For the tomato salsa, put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together well, then transfer to the fridge until needed. For the guacamole, see linked recipe in ingredients list. Put the cheese, yoghurt and lettuce in separate bowls.

    Place the taco shells in the oven for 5–6 minutes to warm.

    Once ready to serve, ladle the filling into a large bowl. Place the taco shells and all the accompaniments in the centre of the table (a lazy Susan comes in handy here) and dig in. Warning – this gets messy!
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