“Taco” Fries

The challenge – to re-create one of my favourite “chipper” dishes – Taco Fries, or Chilli and Cheese Fries. The last time we ordered a delivery, I couldn’t eat it past a few forkfuls as it was swimming in oil – yuck!!

I did lots of googling and came up with the following recipe based on a mix of recipes and I’ve calculated this recipe based on Extra Easy. I had bought a pack of “Old El Paso” taco mix, when I looked it up it was 5 syns for the pack, so you could add 1.5 syn per serving and use it for convenience – i’ve never used it so can’t comment on taste!

Using low fat ingredients and the Cheddar as Healthy A option, it works out at 2.5 syns (ex.light mayo and ketchup, flour) add 5 if you are counting the cheese as syns.

We just ate this and it was FAB- i’l never order a greasy version again, the mix is hot tho so amend the chilli amounts to suit your taste.


Taco Fries

Serves 4

Seasoning mix:
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne chilli pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sweetener
1 tsp dried oregano

– mix all the seasoning ingredients together and leave aside

– 600 less than 5% fat minced beef
– 2 small red onions, finely chopped
– 1 red pepper, finely chopped
– 1 tin chopped tomatoes
– 4 large potatoes, chipped
-120g red cheddar, grated

– preheat oven to 200, line a tin with baking paper, lay chips out and spray with frylight, bake for 35-40 mins, turning half way through and re-spray, until golden and crisp
– fry the onion and pepper in frylight until softened
– add the beef and fry until lightly browned
– add spice mix and stir well
– add the tin of tomatoes and stir well, adding a little water if sauce is looking to dry
– simmer for 20 mins

Taco Sauce
– 3 tablespoons ex. Light Mayo (3 syns)
– 3 tablespoons fat free natural yoghurt or fromage frais
– 2 tablespoons ketchup (2 syns)
– 1/2 tsp cayenne chilli pepper
– 1 tsp minced garlic
– 3-4 tablespoons water

– mix all sauce ingredients well until
Smooth and combined, add more or less water depending on your own taste

– take a bowl (or a foil tray if you want to feel authentic)
– layer first the chips, then 1/4 of the mince mix, 1/4 of the sauce and top with 1/4 of cheese


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