Monday, May 5, 2014

Cinco de Mayo healthy taco recipe

I made this recipe last week and thought I'd keep it for Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican-American celebration on May the 5th. I only realised that Cinco de Mayo is today (I swear time flies when you're working on a major deadline) and I still wanted to share the recipe with you. It's really easy, tasty and a healthy alternative to regular tacos.
What you need
For the tacos:
- Minced meat, I used a mix of pork and veal but you can also use beef for example
- 1 long sweet red pepper (you can also use bell pepper)
- 1 onion
- 1 small can of sweetcorn
- taco spices (alternatively you can use paprika powder and garam masala)
- salt 
- olive oil (or any oil you like to use for cooking)

Other things you need:
- 1 baby gem lettuce
- 1 small avocado 
- Greek yoghurt or sour cream

- Coriander/cilantro
- Lime juice 
- Hot sauce
- Spicy smoked paprika powder

How to make it
Start by chopping the onion and sweet pepper. Heat a large pan and fry the minced meat with a little bit of olive oil. Once the meat has browned add the onion and some salt. When the meat is almost done, add the paprika. In the meantime, cut the avocado into small pieces. After a minute or so, add the spices and sweetcorn and make sure everything is mixed together. Once you think it's done, take the pan of the heat. (this takes about 10 minutes in total) 

Wash the baby gem lettuce, tear the leaves apart and put them on a plate. Next, fill them with the meat mixture, add avocado and if you want add some Greek yoghurt or sour cream for a hint of freshness. I like to top it all off with extra smoked paprika powder and sriracha hot sauce (I put that stuff on everything I eat. If you like spicy you need it in your life.) You can also add a little bit of lime juice and coriander for that extra Mexican punch. Eat with your hands like this: 

The baby gem lettuce is so crunchy you won't even miss the tortillas or taco chips. This won't leave you leaving bloated like flour tortillas or tacos do, and I think I might even prefer this (though it's a little messier). Enjoy your delicious and cute little tacos!

Alternatively you can also prepare it as a salad like below. I think the salad wraps are a bit more fun to eat but the flavour is exactly the same of course. When I make the taco mixture I always make a lot so I can eat the leftovers the day after. 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!