Tasty tacos

Tasty tacos




  • 600g beef mince
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mild paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup passata
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 cup tasty or cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 avocado, peeled, stone removed and chopped
  • Hard and/or soft tacos shells
  • Salsa, to serve


Preheat oven to 180C. Heat a large non-stick frypan over high heat. Add mince and cook until browned. Break up large pieces with a spoon. Add cumin, paprika, oregano leaves and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine, then add passata.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add some water if the mixture becomes too thick. Taste and add more salt if necessary.

Heat taco shells in the oven for 5 minutes (wrap soft shells in aluminium foil).

Place warm shells on a serving platter, offer all the toppings in small bowls and let the kids choose what they want in their taco. A messy, but fun meal for everyone!


  • I fully realise that I have made the simple boxed taco kit more difficult, but the taste is so much better and cuts down on all the preservatives in those little packets.
  • Knowing my vegetable-averse children, I sneak in very finely chopped fresh tomato into the mince mixture, then I am happy for them to just have meat and cheese!
  • Recipe created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot.

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