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Five-Spice Sesame Beef Tacos

Five-Spice Sesame Beef Tacos

with Quick Pickled Onion & Garlic Aioli

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Mexican Asian fusion? Yeah, that’s right, tonight we’re getting trendy on you. Don’t worry though, after you’ve tried our easy pickle on this colourful taco, you’ll be glad we did.

Preparation Time25 minutes
Cooking difficultyLevel 1
serving amount
Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon
serving amount

½ unit

red onion

1 unit

long red chilli

1 bag

cos lettuce leaves

2 clove


1 unit


1 sachet

sesame seeds

(ContainsSesameMay be presentGluten, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Soy)

1 packet

beef mince

1 sachet

five spice sesame blend


6 unit

mini flour tortillas

(ContainsGlutenMay be presentSoy, Sesame)

1 tub

garlic aioli


1 unit


Not included in your delivery

olive oil

¼ cup

rice wine vinegar (for the onion)

¼ cup


4 tsp

soy sauce


2 tsp

sesame oil (or oil)


4 tsp

rice wine vinegar (for the beef)

1 tsp


Nutrition Values/ per serving
Nutrition Valuesarrow down iconarrow down icon
/ per serving
Energy (kJ)3260 kJ
Fat10 g
of which saturates7.8 g
Carbohydrate55.6 g
of which sugars12.6 g
Protein43.3 g
Sodium1240 mg
Utensilsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Chopping board
Small Bowl
Large Non-Stick Pan
Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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Pickle the onion (optional)
Pickle the onion (optional)

TIP: If you don't like pickled onion, skip this step and cook the onion with the beef in step 5. Thinly slice the red onion (see ingredients list). In a small bowl, combine the rice wine vinegar (for the onion), water and a good pinch of sugar and salt. Scrunch the red onion in your hands, then add to the pickling liquid and stir to coat. Set aside until serving.

Get prepped
Get prepped

While the onion is pickling, finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). Thinly slice the cucumber into 0.5cm batons. Shred the cos lettuce leaves. Thinly slice the long red chilli (if using). Grate the carrot (unpeeled).

Make the garlic-soy mixture
Make the garlic-soy mixture

In a second small bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey and rice wine vinegar (for the beef). Set aside.

Toast the sesame seeds
Toast the sesame seeds

Heat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the sesame seeds and toast, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a plate.

Cook the beef
Cook the beef

Return the large frying pan to a medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the beef mince and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, for 3-4 minutes, or until browned. TIP: Add the onion with the beef if you're not pickling! Add the garlic and five spice sesame blend and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the soy mixture and cook, stirring, until heated through. Remove from the heat. TIP: Five spice has an aniseed flavour. Use less if you're not a fan. Heat the mini flour tortillas in a sandwich press or on a plate in the microwave for 10 second bursts, or until warmed through.

Serve up
Serve up

Bring everything to the table to serve. Build your tacos by spreading some garlic aioli on the base. Top with some cos lettuce, cucumber, carrot, five spice sesame beef and pickled onion. Sprinkle over the long red chilli (if using) and toasted sesame seeds.