Mexican (or tex mex or whatever bastardisation you eat of it) is one of those cuisines that is pretty popular and pretty damn tasty. I will admit that I haven’t probably had true Mexican food but I do enjoy eating the tex-mex american style stuff. All that spice and sauce and corn chips n stuff. yum yum! Being paleo though, the tortillas, corn chips and all that good stuff is out of bounds so I have had to get creative with the cooking in that respect. I thought that using iceburg lettuce a-la sang choi bow would be a good replacement for a crispy shell taco and I was right!
This dish I made was really good and a bit of an experiment. Not sure what to call it – tasty mexican meat seems to do the trick. You could use it with a wrap if you wanted, serve it on corn chips or with rice plus you could even add some beans if you wanted to bulk it up. It is good on a salad too and i think if you had leftover meat and stirred it through with some egg to make a frittata thing it would be awesome.
1-2 cups (or thereabouts) of delicious pork
1 cup salsa – home made preferably!
5 hot chilli’s
1 medium onion
4 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp cumin
2 tsp paprika, dried oregano, ground coriander and white pepper
1/4 cup roughly chopped coriander
1 small capsicum
Optional – ground chilli and chilli flakes
To serve – iceburg lettuce, tomato, cheese & other condiments as required
In your pan, heat the olive oil and fry the onions til they are clear. Add the garlic and chilli. Sneeze from the chilli. Add the herbs n spices. Sneeze again. Add the pork and mix well to combine. Add the salsa and fresh coriander. Taste and add more chilli, you know you want to. Cook for about 10 minutes, adding more water if you want to make it more saucey.
Meanwhile, dice some tomatoes and onion, mix together with a bit of fresh coriander. Wash your iceburg lettuce, being careful not to rip any of the leaves. Grate some cheese if you like and get the jalapenos and hot sauce out.
Serve the meaty mixture on your lettuce “taco” with some cheese (we used buffalo fetta), tomato and hot sauce. Eat quickly, making sure you have lots of meat juice running down your arms and sauce all over your face.