This is one of my absolute favorite dishes for when I’m feeling rather lazy in my cooking. It does not require many ingredients and can be infinitely modified. You don’t really need to worry too much about watching this dish as you cook, which makes it a great dish to whip up when you have to multitask while trying to get dinner together. The ingredients list is based on the amounts that I used, but feel free to add more or less of anything.
Olive oil, enough to cover the bottom of the pan
Garlic, 2 cloves (diced)
Onion, 1 large quarter (diced)
Ground beef, 1 lb
Tex-Mex seasoning, to taste (can be store bought taco seasoning, but homemade is better)
Bell pepper, 1 large green (diced)
Tomatoes, 5 small to medium (cut into large chunks)
Avocado, 1 medium (sliced)
Sea Salt, to taste
Time - Prep and Cooking: 30 min (or however long you’d like to simmer)
1. Pour some olive oil in your pan and heat it over a medium flame. Add the garlic and onions, both roughly chopped. Cook until the garlic and onions become fragrant and even a little caramelized if you’d like.
2. Add the ground beef and cook until completely brown. Next add the Tex-Mex seasoning mix of your choice to taste (I will be posting my Mexican seasoning recipe shortly.) Mix the beef and seasoning until well mixed – remember, a little seasoning goes a long way.
3. To the beef mixture add the bell pepper, roughly chopped. Cook for a few minutes until the peppers just begin to soften. Finally, add the tomatoes, cut into large chunks.
4. Let everything cook together over a medium-low to medium flame, stirring occasionally to break down the tomatoes. At this point you can pretty much let it go for however long you’d like – I prefer for the tomatoes to breakdown quite a bit so I’ve been known to let it simmer on a medium-low flame for up to an hour but it is also quite good with the tomatoes more intact.
5. After you’ve cooked it down to your preference, spoon into bowls and top with sliced avocado and salt to taste. The salt is a very important part and will really bring out all of the flavors – just make sure to taste as you salt so you don’t over do it!
What do you whip up when you need something quickly?