Mexican Spicy Pork is a recipe I conjured up last Summer. It’s a thick minced pork dish served in fresh green cos lettuce ‘wraps’. The contrast in the texture and flavours is wonderful. It’s a messy yet fun dinner to serve up for all the family, as long as you’re happy with a bit of spice in your meal!
I came up with this concoction when the boyf was trying out a Ketto diet. It was all protein, fats and no carbs – actually harder than it seems. So one hot sunny Summer’s day I came up with Mexican Spicy Pork which we ate in lettuce wraps. It was simply a case of using up some ingredients we had in the fridge. It turned out pretty well and we surprised ourselves with just how tasty it is. You should probably try it out too!
Now we do eat carbs so I sometimes serve up some tortilla chips on the side to add a bit more texture to the meal. For the whole family I grilled up a baking tray of tortilla chips sprinkled with cheese and jalapeno peppers. They loved it! Me? I keep it simple. The pork alone is worth it.
This meal is another of my thrifty dinners. Pork mince is much cheaper than beef (plus we don’t eat beef, so hoorah) but tastier than turkey mince (although if you’re feeling health conscious you could totally do this with turkey). The key is to fry it off for a decent amount of time to get some slight crisp and texture to the pork before adding the rest of the ingredients.
It might not look like the prettiest of meals, but trust me when I say it tastes delicious. Very moreish indeed.
So this is both thrifty and tasty – too of my favourite things.
Mexican Spicy Pork (serves 4)
750g pork mince (buy the best quality you can afford)
1 large onion, roughly diced
2tbsp vegetable oil
2tsp chilli powder
2tsp cayenne pepper
4tsp ground cumin
good pinch of coarse sea salt
2 tbsp garlic puree
1tbsp soy sauce
2tbsp tomato puree
5tbsp double cream
1 sweet pepper (any colour will do, I chose orange this time)