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Recipe for family meals :

Twenty Minute Tacos

Working at the BBC Good Food Show last November gave me very little opportunity to actually see much of the show. However, one interesting item I did get given was a CD-Rom of recipes, promoting New Zealand Lamb. There are some first class recipes - hopefully they will not mind me publishing a few!

How to introduce New Zealand Lamb? That is probably best left to the New Zealanders themselves:

New Zealand Lamb . . . pure and simple

Give your next meal an international flavor with New Zealand Lamb. Our natural grazing lands, combined with a long and proud history of providing the world with the finest quality food products means that our lamb is always tasty, tender and delicious. New Zealand Lamb has a succulent flavor.

If you would like more information or to find cooking techniques for lamb or recipes why not visit the Meat New Zealand web site <click here>


500g New Zealand Lamb mince, thawed if frozen
Jar of Tex-Mex sauce for Chilli
12 taco shells
Bag of mixed salad leaves
Select to your taste, salsa, guacamole, and/or soured cream
Ready grated Cheddar cheese

Thinly sliced spring onions (optional)

  • Put the lamb mince into a large pan. Heat and stir for 5 minutes or until all the meat loses its pink colour.
  • Stir in the jar of Tex-Mex sauce. Half fill the jar with water and shake well. Pour the water on to the meat. Bring to the boil, and then cover with a lid. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the lamb is cooked and the sauce thickened.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gar Mark 4.
  • Heat the taco shells according to the instructions on the pack.
  • Stuff mixed salad leaves into the base of each taco and top with a few spoonfuls of the lamb mince.
  • Top with a selection of a little salsa, guacamole, soured cream, grated Cheddar or thinly sliced spring onion

Hints and Tips:

  • This meat filling can also be used in flour tortillas or it makes a great chilli. Simply add a 400g can of drained red kidney beans, and serve with tortilla chips, soured cream and grated cheese.
  • If you can take the heat and like your food seriously hot - add a little Tabasco sauce to Step 1.
  • You could also try this recipe with diced New Zealand lamb and serve it with ready-baked flour tortillas.
  • For another alternative you could also pour the mince sauce over pasta.

© Meat New Zealand 2001