Beef & Chocolate Taco

Beef & Chocolate Taco

This recipe is partly inspired by the Mexican favourite Mole, which incorporates chocolate to intensify and compliment the beef flavours. I bid a sad farewell to summer and in an ode to my favourite season have compiled this recipe of the ultimate sharing food. Enjoy!


Ingredients

Serves: 5
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 Hours


Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of coriander
  • ½ lime – juice
  • 200g cheddar cheese, grated
  • sour cream
  • 350g perino tomatoes, crushed
  • ½ iceberg lettuce
  • 560g beef cheek
  • 35ml olive oil
  • ½ brown onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbs cumin
  • 2 tbs paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 tomato roughly diced
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 25g dark chocolate
  • 200ml water

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. Dice beef cheeks in 4 x 7cm cubes.
  3. Blitz onion and garlic in a food processor.
  4. Toast coriander seeds and cinnamon lightly until aromatic, approx 5 minutes. Mix the paprika, cayenne pepper and cumin in a separate bowl.
  5. Sauté onion and garlic, add the beef, sear, then add the tomato paste and cook out for 2 to 3 minutes. Add spices to coat beef and add coriander seeds and cinnamon.
  6. Add tomato and cook until soft, add water to deglaze the pan and bring back up to a gentle simmer.
  7. Put on lid and put in oven for 3 hours, stirring occasionally, add more water if necessary. Before serving, stir through the chocolate.
  8. Crush tomatoes and season generously with salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar. Mash avocado with a squeeze of lime and season well. Grate cheese. Shred iceberg lettuce. Serve all separately (with the sour cream and coriander) and build your tacos!