Grain-free cheese tacos filled with spicy mince

12 servings Prep: 25 mins, Cooking: 25 mins
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By Food24 July 24 2015
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Ingredients (21)

5 ml fresh chillies — 573
400 g beef mince
15 ml garlic — cloves, finely chopped
1 green chilli — finely chopped
7.5 ml cumin — ground
5 ml coriander — ground
5 ml paprika — smoked
2.5 ml salt
60 ml tomato purée
60 ml fresh coriander — finelt chopped
2 spring onions — finely chopped
2 avocado — finely chopped
2 tomatoes — finely chopped
10 ml vinegar
10 fresh basil — chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 provolone cheese — sliced
lettuce — chopped
sour cream — to serve
micro herbs — to garnish
lime — wedges
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For the mince
Heat a pan over medium heat. Add the oil, mince and garlic. Fry for 5 minutes. Add in the chili, cumin, coriander, paprika and salt. Fry for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato purée, cook for 5 more minutes and then add in the coriander leaves and spring onions.

For the salsa
Stir everything together and season it to taste.

For the tacos
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Line a baking tray with a non-stick baking mat or baking paper. Grease it with some cooking spray.
Balance 2 or 3 long-handled wooden spoons, which have been greased with cooking spray, on top of some coffee mugs. The cooked cheese will be placed over the handles to form the taco shapes.

Prepare the tacos in 2 batches. Place the first batch of cheese slices onto the lined baking tray, leaving some space in between each.  Cook for 10 minutes until golden. Working quickly, use a palette knife to gently lift and fold the cheese over the greased wooden spoon handles. They will harden and form a taco shell. Allow to cool. Repeat with the remaining cheese.

To assemble

Layer a bit of lettuce, salsa, some mince and a bit of sour cream into each taco. Garnish with micro herbs and serve with lime wedges, if you prefer.

Provolone cheese is an Italian cheese that can be found at some supermarkets and most Italian delis. Instead of ready-sliced Provolone cheese, you could also use regular grated cheddar cheese. Follow the same process of lining the baking tray and then use a round cutter of about 9-10cm wide to guide you into forming circles of thinly layered grated cheese. Bake as mentioned above.

Making these tacos the first few times can be quite tricky as they harden really quickly after baking. Bake off 1 or 2 tacos at a time if you are worried about not being able to work quick enough once they come out of the oven.


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