by Tyra
Matthew Tomkinson's spicy veggie tacos with guacamole recipe (0080)
Serves 6
30 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook

For the taco filling
600g vegetarian mince
1 large onion
½ red pepper
½ green pepper
½ iceberg lettuce 
1 handful coriander
100g cheddar, grated
1½tbsp olive oil
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
For the spice mix
2tbsp celery salt
1 tbsp mild chilli powder, or to taste
1tsp ground cumin
1tsp garlic powder
1tsp oregano
1tsp paprika
1tsp sugar
1tsp salt
2tsp cornflour
For the guacamole
2 avocados, ripe
1 medium tomato, roughly chopped 
½ red onion, finely diced
1 handful chopped coriander
½ lime
2tsp olive oil
½tsp Tabasco sauce, or to taste
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper

Instructions (step by step)
These tasty tacos are quick to make for a meatless Monday meal. The guacamole in this recipe would go well as a side for other meals too.

Prepare the taco filling by slicing the onion, pepper halves and by shredding the iceberg lettuce. Children can wash the coriander and pluck the leaves from the stems into a bowl. Grate the Cheddar into a bowl, taking care with your fingers with the end bit of cheese.
Place a large frying pan with the olive oil over a medium-high heat. Once hot, fry the onion and pepper slices for 1 minute.

Carefully add the vegetarian mince and cook for 5 minutes, stirring to break up the mince as needed. As the pan begins to dry out, stir in the spices, sugar, salt and cornflour.

Slowly pour in 200ml of water and bring the mixture to the boil. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens, coating the mince in a nice sauce. Add a little salt and pepper to taste and keep warm while you make the guacamole.

Split the avocados in half and remove the stones. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh into a mixing bowl. Dice the tomato and finely chop the onion. 

Add the onion, tomato and coriander to the avocado. Squeeze in the lime’s juice and add the olive oil. Children can use clean hands to mix the ingredients together to form a thick paste. Once done, season with Tabasco, salt and pepper to taste.

Before serving, warm the mince back in the pan and gently warm the taco shells in an oven according to the package. 

To serve, lay the tacos shells filled with mince out onto plates. Add the shredded lettuce, coriander, Cheddar and Tabasco as desired, and serve with the homemade guacamole.
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