My favorite quick dinner – tacos


Things have been busy (and, in all seriousness, when are they not busy?). Work, social commitments, more work and trying to keep on top of the laundry pile take up 90% of my time.

I have always made an effort to make a home-cooked dinner from scratch every day (at least since I left university, I cannot even begin to describe the shocker that my diet was during the university years). It is important for me to cook for myself and my fiance because I like to know what I am eating. Do not get me wrong, I am no expert on the ingredients that go into pre-packaged meals or pre-made sauces but what I do know is that I feel a whole lot better when I make my own. Obviously, there are pre-made things that I buy to make the whole process quicker (e.g. taco shells) but as much as I can (and time permits) I like to make my own.

These tacos are incredibly simple and quick (30 mins end to end and you only need to be involved for 10 of them) and delicious. To make a large meal for 2 people (2 hungry people, may I add), you will need:

500g beef mince (ideally 5% fat but 10% will also do)

1 can of chopped tomatoes

2 tea spoons (or to taste) of smoked paprika

1 tea spoon (or to taste) of cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Onion

3 cloves of garlic

Taco shells

For toppings: sour cream, jalapeno pepper, coriander, lime wedges, cheese

Simply chop up the garlic and onion and fry them on medium heat for 5 mins. Add the mince and, once it has started browning, the spices. Once the mince is 70% done, add a can of chopped tomatoes and half a can of water. Leave to simmer of low/medium low heat for 15 – 20 mins and voila!

Put your taco shells in a hot oven for 5 mins or so. Once they are nice and hot, add the beef mixture to the shells, add your preferred toppings and enjoy!

I told you it was simple and easy – I make this usually once a week.

What are your favorite quick dinner?



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