A Fresh Green Chilli

Ok, I will admit, coming home to cook dinner after a long day can be tiresome, but there are days when I spend my afternoons daydreaming about what I will conjure up for dinner that evening. I enjoy unwinding in my kitchen with my chopping boards at the ready, glass of wine in hand.Yesterday I had decided on meatloaf. The plan was formed and the expectation set, until I discovered much to my dismay that it was minced pork and that I had in the fridge, and not beef. One of the great things about meatloaf is that a combination of any minced meat can be used in it, but I find that beef needs to be involved to give some depth to what could otherwise be a banal dish. And so, back to the drawing board. Luckily I had the fixings for a recipe I have been dying to try for ages, so all was not lost. This recipe is adapted from Jamie’s America by Jamie Oliver.

Fresh Green Chilli

Serves four

Olive oil
800 g pork mince
Salt & pepper
2 medium onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
2 green chillis, chopped
1 bunch fresh mint
1 bunch fresh coriander
2 limes

To serve –

Flour tortillas
Soured cream
Romaine lettuce
Tomatoes
Or whatever else you fancy….

Heat the oil in a pan, when hot, add the pork mince. Break up with a wooden spoon and saute for a few minutes. Add chopped onion, garlic, green pepper and chillis, along with salt and pepper. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes, adding some water if necessary. This dish is fairly dry so don’t drown it. When the chilli is cooked and golden, remove from the heat and add in chopped herbs and the juice of the two limes. Combine thoroughly and serve with warm tortilla, sour cream and crispy lettuce. Yum!

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