Kimberley Wyatt's Chipotle Quorn Mince Tacos


Monday 24 April 2017

Kimberley Wyatt's Chipotle Quorn Mince Tacos

Now when it comes to Quorn products, I will be honest and say that I don't regularly buy them. Why? My husband likes meat. He will happily eat the Quorn snack eggs as he thinks these are a better alternative to "who knows what goes into" a standard one, but I haven't really convinced him on the rest. However, thanks to a lovely evening with Pussycat Doll and celebrity Master Chef winner Kimberley Wyatt I am hoping this will change.

selfie with Kimbetlery wyatt

Kimberly is the new ambassador for Quorn and I think they chose her well. She is passionate about healthy eating, lowering her meat intake and creating a sustainable way of living. She was one of the nicest celebrities I have met. Down to earth and beautiful inside as well as out. The recipes she shared with us were all delicious, but I have chosen the taco recipe to focus on as it can easily be made family friendly.

For me, the things that make these tacos stand out are the pickled red onions drizzled in fresh orange and lime juice, combined with the flavours of the chipolte and corriander. However, my little ones are spice averse, and turn their noses up at anything new, so I made the same recipe for them, missing out the kidney beans and chipotle sauce. I am pleased to say it worked really well. Everyone was happy, there were clean plates and no one complained there was no meat. Infact middle man said how much he liked the meat!

One of the key things I have found using Quorn is that I have to appreciate it is not meat, I know, that is obvious right? Well it hasn't been to me before. I have tried frying the mince and ended up using loads of oil, going against the healthy meal I was aiming for. Kimberley advised to add some extra water as the Quorn soaks it up. This tip alone is great and means I will now try some new recipes using Quorn.

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Kimberley Wyatt's Chipotle Quorn Mince Tacos

For the filling
  •  1 Pack of Quorn mince
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, crumbled
  • 1-2 tablespoons chipotle paste (I missed this out and used sauce at the end so it wasn't spicy for my little ones.)
  • 50ml water
  • 1 large can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 large tin of kindney beans
  • chopped corriander to garnish

To accompany
  •  Pink pickled onions - sliced red onion left to pickle in the juice of a lime and an orange
  • diced avocado
  • grated cheese
  • sour cream

  1. Preheat the oil in a large pan, fry the onion until soft but not coloured then add the garlic and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes more.  Add the chipotle paste if using. Crumble the stock cube and stir through.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and about 50ml water.  Cook for 15 minutes until the tomatoes start to break down, adding more water if it gets too dry. 
  3. Add the Quorn Mince and kidney beans then cook for a further 8-10 minutes. Season to taste then stir through the chopped coriander..
  4. Serve in a taco shell with shredded lettuce, diced avocado, the pink pickled onions and a sprinkle of grated cheese. Add a dollop of sour cream to taste. If you have made the tacos without the chipotle paste for the children then add some of the chipotle sauce to yours to give your tacos a kick! 
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These Taco's are using a recipe of Pussycat doll Kimberley Wyatt. They are using quorn so are a great vegetarian and meatfree meal. They taste fantastic with the freshly pickled red onions

The evening with Quorn was a real eye opener. It made me realise that Quorn is a great alternative to meat and I just need to get used to cooking it differently. Kimberley also made us a great curry with Quorn pieces which I will be trying on my husband this weekend.

I loved that my boys liked it and didn't even notice that it wasn't meat. In my effort to try and reduce our red meat consumption I will be cooking more with this meat free alternative.

Have you got any great Quorn recipes to share?

Oh and Quorn is currently on offer at Tesco - I have just stocked up on three of the minces for £5 as I am determined to learn how to cook with it after tasting Kimberley's recipes!

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