This Mexican Ground Beef Taco filling is so easy to put together, making it perfect for a quick midweek dinner. You can change the spice level to suit your family. We are still on the mild end of the spectrum, although the boys are slowly developing a taste for a little bit of heat.
Peel and finely chop one onion and 3 garlic cloves.
Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a heavy based skillet and add the chopped onion and garlic.
Fry over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until softened.
Add in 2lb/1kg of ground beef and use your spatula to break it apart.
Add in 2 tablespoon tomato paste/puree, 2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoon paprika, 1 ½ teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. (also add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper if you want it spicy)
Stir everything together and add ½ cup of water.
Cook for 15-20 minutes over low heat until the meat has cooked through and the flavors have developed. If the mixture starts to look too dry add a further ¼ cup of water, if the mixture looks too wet, raise the flame to medium-high.