Easy recipes for caravanners: Mild-mannered Meat Wraps

By: Lynn Bain


Try out these amazing Mexican meat wraps! This recipe uses only a small amount of either dried chilli flakes or fresh chilli, yet the Mexican flavours still come through.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

The following quantities will serve four.

Handy Hint 1: You could use any type of mince that you prefer in these wraps – either turkey, chicken, beef, lamb or pork.

Handy Hint 2: I find that a clean pair of hands is the best tool for mixing together the mince, oil, cumin and chilli flakes.

Mild -mannered -Meat -Wraps

Ingredients (Meat Filling):

500g mince

1 tbsp cooking oil

1/2 tsp ground cumin

A good pinch of dried chilli flakes

1 onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, peeled and thinly sliced

4 tbsp tomato (or tomato salsa)

Wraps or tortilla (or pita pocket bread)

Ingredients (Extras):
You can add some or all of the following to your wrap:

1 carrot, grated

200g grated cheese

Capsicum strips

Tomatoes (chopped)

Lettuce leaves (shredded)

Guacamole

Sour cream

Method:

To cook the filling, place the mince, oil, cumin and dried chilli flakes into a bowl and mix together well.

Heat a large frypan over a medium heat. I’ve always been a fan of using a cast iron skillet as the heavy base retains heat and once seasoned the skillet is a joy to cook meat in.

Add the chopped onion and garlic to the pan and cook until the onion has softened. Then add the mince mixture to the softened onion in the pan and begin to brown the mince, breaking up any lumps with either a fork or a wooden spoon. 

Now add the tomato (or salsa) to the mince mixture in the pan and stir. Continue to cook until the mince is nicely browned and cooked through. Then remove the frypan from the heat.

Heat a clean frypan/skillet (or barbecue plate) and gently cook your unfilled wraps (or tortilla) on each side, over a low heat, until they are warm. This brings out extra flavours in the wraps and makes it easier to wrap the tortilla around your fillings. Note that some wraps will split\crack if you don’t warm them through, especially some tortillas.

Spread a large spoonful of the mince and salsa mixture onto a wrap; then add your choice of some grated carrot, grated cheese, capsicum strips, lettuce and/or tomato pieces. You can add an extra dollop of salsa to the filling in your wrap if you like or add some guacamole or sour cream (or both).

One way to secure your wrap is to fold the bottom of the wrap up over the mince, and then roll it up tightly sideways, starting from one side. Once it is rolled, you can get stuck into eating your wrap; eat it from the exposed end first.

As one of the many options, you could also use pita bread instead of a wrap. Spoon some of the mince mixture into the pita bread’s pocket before you add your choice of carrot, cheese etc.

The full feature appeared in Caravan World #562. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!