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Having spent a couple of months travelling around Mexico last year, I fell in love with corn tacos. They are surprisingly easy to make at home and oh so good! Try them with my spicy soya mince and fresh salsa! (serves 6)

What you need

Tacos 🌾

Spicy Mince 🌶

  • 1 red onion (chopped)

  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (I use La Chinata)

  • 1 tsp colorante alimentario (for colour)

  • ½ tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • 1 red pepper (finely diced)

  • 150g soya mince (I use Clearspring)

  • 100ml vegetable stock

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes

  • Rapeseed fil

  • Salt and pepper

  • Fresh coriander (chopped)

Tomato Salsa 🍅

  • 200g mixed baby plum tomatoes (halved)

  • 1 red onion (finely chopped)

  • 1 lime (juiced)

  • Fresh coriander (chopped)

To serve 🥬

  • Iceberg lettuce (finely shredded)

  • 2 radishes (thinly sliced)

  • 2 avocados (cut into slices)

  • Fresh coriander

  • Lime wedges

  • 1 tin sweetcorn

  • Chipotle mayo

How to make

Tacos 🌾

1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl and kneed to a dough. Roll into golf sized balls and set on a plate. Leave to stand for 20 minutes.

2. Take a chopping board and cover it with clingfilm. Place a ball on the board and press it flat. Cover with a small square of clingfilm and roll it out with a rolling pin into a small circle around 4.5 inches in diameter. Repeat with the other balls and stack them up on a plate, keeping a square of clingfilm in between each one.

3. Fry the tacos in a large pan without oil for 1 minute on each side.

4. Line a basket with a clean tea towel and pile the cooked tacos in there, covering with the towel to keep them warm.

Spicy Mince 🌶

5. In a pot, fry the onion and garlic in some rapeseed oil. Once softened add the spices.

6. Next, add the red pepper and tomato paste and leave to cook for a for a few minutes. Meanwhile soak the soya mince in the vegetable stock.

7. Add the mince to the pot with the chopped tomatoes. Allow to reduce, a little stirring occasionally, and then simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes.

8. Once the sauce is thick and rich, stir in the coriander and set aside.

Tomato Salsa 🍅

9. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

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