Smoked chilli pork tacos with apple and avocado salsa
September is such a good month for seasonal food, including the humble apple.
This recipe from BBC Food is the perfect way to incorporate a British staple into something a little spicier!
You will need:
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
½ red pepper, finely chopped
2 fresh bay leaves
2 tsp cumin seeds
½ cinnamon stick
25g/1oz light brown sugar
500g/1lb 2oz pork mince
1 large bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves
1 green chilli
2 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground allspice
3 tbsp chipotle paste
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 lemon, finely grated zest and juice
500ml/18fl oz passata
salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g/1¾oz manchego, grated, to serve
For the apple and avocado salsa:
4 spring onions, roughly chopped
1 green chilli
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
2 avocados, roughly chopped
1 lemon juice
roughly chopped fresh coriander
1. Heat the butter over a low heat in a large saucepan, then add the onion, carrot, red pepper, bay, cumin, cinnamon and sugar and cook for 10 minutes. Increase the heat, add the pork mince and cook until browned.
2. Put half the coriander, the garlic, green chilli, smoked paprika, allspice, chipotle paste, vinegar and lemon zest and blend slowly in a food processor to create a paste. Add a little water to create the right consistency.
3. Add the paste to the pork and stir in the passata. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the liquid has reduced by at least half. Season to taste and add the lemon juice and remaining coriander.
4. For the salsa, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and season to taste.
Fry the tortillas for 30 seconds on each side until golden
Serve up! Top the tortillas with the pork and salsa.
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Recipe and image taken from BBC Food website.