This post has been generously sponsored by Chefs Plate.
Bright and fresh Caribbean flavours shine throughout these delicious Spicy Caribbean Beef Tacos. I was delighted by this meal, these tacos were honestly to die for and did I mention that they only take FIFTEEN minutes to make?!
“15 minute” disclaimer- If you are making this recipe at home without the pre-prepared box, this recipe will take around 30-40 minutes (taking in account the preparing of the ingredients).
OK, back to the tacos. These tacos have 5 “parts” to them, rice, quick pickled jalapeños, a pineapple slaw, spiced beef, and a spiced mayo topping. Sounds freaking delicious right?
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A little bit about Chefs plate
We chose to order a box with 2 meals so we could have the “full experience”. In our box we chose the Italian Lasagna Soup and the Spicy Caribbean Beef Tacos. Even though there are only 2 of us in our household, I chose to order 4 portions because we LOVE having leftovers for lunches during the week.
Now, let me tell you, we LOVED both of the recipes that we got. Like so much that I would make either of them again in a heartbeat! This is where the chefs plate online recipe collection comes in. It is a full library of all of the recipes that they put in their weekly subscription boxes! It means you can have full access to all of their recipes at the click of a button! AMAZING, right?
Or you can choose to order their weekly subscription box. This was the first time I had ordered from them and I was very impressed. The quality of the ingredients was great and the fact that they all came pre-portioned was amazing for a super fast and healthy weeknight meal.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Ground Beef
- Flour Tortillas
- Basmati Rice
- Red Cabbage
- Soy Sauce
- Caribbean Spice Blend or Cajun Seasoning
- Also; Water, Salt, Sugar and Olive Oil
To get the ingredient measurements, please click here.
- Cilantro - You either love it or hate it. We hate it. This ingredient was missed and did not come in our kit, but I was not mad about it, we wouldn’t have used it anyways. I substituted the cilantro for 1 tablespoon of dried parsley in the pineapple slaw and it was delicious!
- Onions - If you have been around for a while, you probably know by now that we have an onion allergy in our house. So instead of using the onions, I used 5 cloves of minced garlic and added that into the ground beef instead.
- Caribbean Spice Mixture - If you don’t order the box, Caribbean spice mixture might be hard to come by. I would suggest substituting for a cajun seasoning when making this recipe at home.
Let’s Make some tacoooooos
First up, the rice. Add the rice to some boiling water, season with salt and cover. Let the rice cook for 12 minutes until all the water has absorbed. Remove the rice from the heat and remove the cover, using a fork, fluff up the rice and set aside.
While the rice is cooking, get started on all of the other parts.
Next up is the quick pickled jalapeños! These are TASTY.
In a small bowl add the sliced jalapeños, lime juice and a teeny tiny bit of sugar. Stir to fully coat the jalapeños with the lime juice and sugar mixture, then season with a pinch of salt and set aside.
Pro Tip- when handling jalapeños use food safe disposable gloves to keep the juices from getting on your hands and remember, don’t touch your eyes! The “hot” part of a jalapeño is the inner white ribs and the seeds, by removing these you will remove 80% of the heat from the pepper. If you like heat, add a few seeds into the pickling mixture.
Now for my favourite part- the pineapple slaw! In a medium sized mixing bowl add some lime juice, oil, pineapple cubes, shredded red cabbage, and cilantro (or parsley). Stir it all together and season with a little bit of salt and pepper. Set the slaw aside so it can marinate while you make the spiced beef.
To make the spiced beef, heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the onions (and/or garlic) and sauté for a minute or two.
Add the ground beef, some Caribbean (or cajun) spice and the soy sauce. Cook, breaking up the beef for 5-6 minutes until the beef is fully cooked.
For the spicy mayo, in a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, Caribbean (or cajun) seasoning and a splash of water. Stir it up, and you are ready to go!
How to Serve
You can serve these tacos either family style, or pre-built.
To serve family style, lay out all of the “parts” on a large lazy susan and call your family to the table for a fun, build your own taco night!
To pre-build these tacos, start with a layer of rice on the bottom and then add the beef. Next add a generous portion of the pineapple slaw, a few pickled jalapeños, top it off with a drizzle of the spiced mayo and some fresh avocado slices.
How to Keep Leftovers
Store the tacos unbuilt, keep each part in a separate airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the leftover tortillas in a zip top bag at room temperature. Enjoy within 3 days.
Tip- To keep the cut avocado from turning brown, add a squeeze of lime juice to the container!
We hope you enjoyed this recipe for Spicy Caribbean Beef Tacos and a big thank you again to Chefs Plate for sponsoring this post.
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