Savoury Mince

Not the most inspired name I know, but at the moment this is one of the kids' favourites.  We alternate between calling it 'spicy mince' (because it has spices, not because it's chilli-hot) or savoury mince.  

I change the spices up a little - if I'm going more for an Indian style mince, I'll use ground cumin and coriander, for a Mexican inspired dinner I will add sweet smoked paprika into the mix.

You could also add in dried oregano for more Mexican flavours, but all my kids can taste a single leaf in the pot and turn their noses up- we are a work in progress!

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp if omitting the paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil in a heavy based saucepan
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until soft- around 8 minutes
  3. Add paprika, coriander and cumin and stir through until fragrant

  4. Add the beef mince
  5. Increase the heat to medium-high and brown the meat (about 5 mins)
  6. stir-through the tomato paste then add the water
  7. Bring to a simmer and cook until mince tender and sauce thickened
  8. Serve platter-style with salad veges, grated cheese and tacos/tortillas/rice