This is one of those recipes that is so tasty that you’ll need to make extra as everyone will want seconds. You can make a meaty and a veggie version and I encourage you to play with the spice combos to find your personal, perfect taco. If you want to keep it super simple, just buy a readymade taco spice mix in a packet and use that instead.
Taco Filling (makes about 6 tacos):
500g mince (beef, pork, turkey, quorn or TVP)
1 medium white onion chopped in to small pieces
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped (or use garlic puree from tube.)
2 tbsps tomato puree
2 tbsps smoked paprika
2-3 tbsps soya sauce
2-3 tbsps maple syrup
1 packet of small tortilla wraps
1 gem lettuce
small bowl of mayonnaise
small block of mature cheddar cheese (grated)
To Cook the Meat:
BUT WAIT… before you start cooking the meat, make the Lime Mayo by adding the juice of half the lime to the mayonnaise in the bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.
fry the mince in a large frying pan and drain off the fat if necessary
add the chopped onion and garlic and fry for another 2-3 minutes
add the smoked paprika (or half a packet of taco mix if you are using that) and let it cook for 1 minute to release the spices
add the tomato paste, soy sauce and maple syrup and stir through to evenly coat the meat and caramelize a little
add salt and pepper to taste
The Grand Assembling:
take a tortilla and lie it flat on a plate
smear the tortilla with some lime mayo
lie a lettuce leave on the tortilla to make a little ‘boat’
fill the lettuce boat with your spicy meat
squeeze a little lime juice on to the meat
top with grated cheddar cheese
wrap ‘n’ roll and enjoy!
If you like your tacos with a bit of a kick, add 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper to the meat at the same time as the smoked paprika
If you have some lettuce left over, chop it up and add some chopped pineapple (from a tin) and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. You can add this to your taco as well or have as a side dish.
Camp Quirky – Yay!
I’ll be cooking this recipe at Camp Quirky from 10th May to 13th May. Come and say hello if you are there!
Ooohh it feels good… we have just started to build the bed and in a campervan conversion that often means that you are getting near to completing the main build (not that they are ever really finished of course).
OK, I know that sounds a bit weird but I’m not talking about the van actually saying good morning to you when you wake up (although that would be just brilliant), I mean communication in subtle ways. Because I swear that our van ‘Big Red’ is telling us what he wants and what he doesn’t want as we continue to convert it. Let me explain…
Well, I had some interesting answers to my ‘what’s your most useful camping accessory?’ competition and I was surprised at how many of you said that your dog or your partner was your favourite accessory! Not sure how I would feel about being a camping accessory but I get that it was said with luv. Anyway, the winner of my camping accessory competition is…
Not a campervan but soooo want one of these – a foldout, grown-up’s Wendy house. Not only is it a really clever use of space design (the bed is king size, what’s not to like!) it is as cute as hell. Could camping be any more fun!
Starts at around £20,000 so won’t be happening any time soon but maybe one day…sigh
Here is a recipe from Judy Kim where you pan-fry some of the ready-made stuffed pasta parcels (like ravioli) that you can buy really cheaply in the supermarkets. These pasta packets store really well so are a great standby to keep in the campervan. Enjoy…
Yay, good news at last! We made some really good progress on converting our Vivaro campervan, ‘Big Red’, at a DIY campervan converters meetup in the New Forest in March. We had been feeling stuck for a while but, with the help of the Dorset/Hampshire/Sussex Self-Build Get Together Facebook group, we were able to get some of the more scary things done like, putting a solar vent in the roof and cutting a hole in the side of the van for the hook-up panel. And the great thing is that this has now given us the confidence to try more of the DIY work ourselves and we can see how to do some of the trickier parts as we have our ‘converters eye’ switched on now.