Friday, 20 December 2013

Spicy Beef Tacos

I shared a simple burrito recipe yesterday (check my Chicken-Raisin Burrito).  Now, let me share a taco recipe I've made months ago.  I call it Spicy beef tacos.

In my last post, I defined what a burrito is, now, I feel obliged to do the same with tacos. Let's get started then before I change my mind and forget to press the publish button later on.  What is a taco?  Taco is also a Mexican dish composing of a fried wheat or corn tortilla that is folded in half or two and is filled generally with anything you want. 

What is the difference between a burrito and a taco?  Burritos use larger tortilla, thus, making it bigger than tacos.  And thus, burritos are considered as a full meal while tacos are considered as a light meal or just a snack or appetizer.   Tacos usually, is only composed of one filling garnished with a salsa and drizzled with a sauce.  Burritos, on the other hand, may contain a complete meal consisting of rice, beans, and meat slash fish slash seafood OR it may contain  one filling garnished with salsa and drizzled with a sauce but the amount is more than that found in a taco.  One other difference is that corn tortillas are only used in tacos, and not on burritos, as they crack easily.

Now, for this recipe, I used corn taco shells.  If corn taco shells are not available, use a tortilla.  Just fold them in half and you get your taco.  You roll your tortilla and add more filling then you have your burrito.  Hhhhmmm I should have just put Spicy beef filling for tacos or burritos instead of the title above, right?  Nah, shorter titles are more catchy and you won't read this far should you have known that this spicy beef recipe is not uniquely for tacos :-)


Ingredients : 

Corn Tacos
Cheddar Cheese, sliced into strips or shredded
Garlic Sauce (see recipe below)
Salsa (see recipe below)

Beef Filling :

Beef, minced - 300 g.
Garlic, minced - 5 cloves
Onions, minced - 1 medium
Tomato Paste -  150 ml
Cumin Powder - 6 tsp or to taste
Corriander/Cillantro leaves, dried and ground
Chili flakes - to taste
Sweet Paprika - 2 tsp
Salt and Black pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil
Water - 1 c

Cooking Procedure:

1.  Place garlic, chili flakes, and oil in a pan and saute until aromatic.  Add in the beef and stir-fry until it changes in color (about 5 minutes).  Toss in the onions and corriander leaves and give a quick stir.
2.  Pour the water, add salt and black pepper powder, and let simmer for about 10 minutes.  Cover the pan
3.  Pour the tomato paste and the rest of the ingredients.  Add more water as needed.  Simmer for another 10 minutes.
4.  Adjust taste as needed.  Simmer until most of the liquids have evaporated but do not allow it to dry out.

Now let's assemble the taco:

1. Stuff the beef filling inside the taco shell first. Then throw in some salsa
2. Drizzle with the garlic sauce
3. Add the cheese

Eat and enjoy

Here's the recipe for the salsa and the garlic sauce that goes with this dish


Ingredients :

Bell Pepper, diced
Onions, diced
Tomatoes, diced
Corriander/Cillantro leaves, fresh - chopped
Lemon Juice- from 1/2 to 1 whole of a fruit
Salt and Black pepper to taste


Mix all the ingredients and chill before serving

This recipe for the garlic sauce is awesome.  You can use it as dip for grilled and baked fish or meat.


Ingredients :

Mayonnaise - 1 cup
Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
Garlic, minced - 10 cloves
Garlic Powder - 2 tsp
White Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste


Mix all the ingredients and chill before serving


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