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Baked cowboy chilli wraps

Ahh, mince beef. What a stalwart of family food you are! We manage to get a meal featuring it in most weeks. I buy excellent quality mince beef from our local farm shop, most of the time they mince it in front of you. No water, no nasties, locally and ethically produced. Makes a huge difference. I don’t buy much, either. Only ever a pound (450g in new money). I often pad it out with loads of small diced veg, and then it becomes a shepherd’s pie, a bolognese, lasagne. Or I keep it simple and make burgers, meatballs

Sorry! Lost myself then for minute. I’m reminiscing about mince beef dishes. Who AM I?!

Aaaaaanyway. I think my point was that I don’t often make wraps with mince. I do make chicken fajitas (OMG just realised they aren’t on here – must remedy that soon), but not often beef mince ones. So, I did my usual thing and crammed loadsa veggies in the fry off, added the beef along with some spices to make it chilli-ish, and decided to wrap ’em, top with grated cheese, and bake the bad boys.

Oh, and somewhere along the way I tipped a can of baked beans in too. I know, maverick. My mum used to make something called Cowboy Stew with mince beef and baked beans. This is an homage to that childhood favourite dinner, I suppose.

It was really rather good – especially with a few shakes of Tabasco. We had Artie’s pal round for tea. All 3 kids ate a fair amount, I’m pleased to report.

Of course, you don’t have to make wraps from the chilli. You could top a potato, sweet or normal. You could serve with brown or white rice. You could eat a bowl with a fried egg on top and sliced avocado – and lots of fresh red chillies for big people…

There will be loads left over if you make and bake 4 wraps as I did. Freeze the rest or use the next day in one of the many ways I have so helpfully suggested above. I didn’t have time to serve anything alongside apart from a herby yoghurt dip, but a big leafy salad for grown ups would be great. And maybe a few sweet potato wedges too?

Serves: 4 people
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 55 mins
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 sticks celery, diced
1 stick leek, diced
2 carrots, diced
About 6 mushrooms, diced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
450g mince beef
1 400g can of baked beans
1 200g can sweetcorn

To serve: 
4 wraps
75g cheddar cheese

Herby yoghurt sauce:
Natural yoghurt
Fresh herbs (parsley, coriander, mint)
1/2 clove garlic, grated
Pinch ground cumin


  1. Heat oil in pan.
  2. Sweat onions, garlic, leek, celery, carrot and mushroom off for about 15 mins.
  3. Add meat to brown.
  4. Now spices and salt.
  5. Tip in both cans – don’t bother draining sweetcorn.
  6. Let it simmer for 20-30 mins.
  7. Preheat oven to 200C.
  8. Pop a small amount of chilli in each wrap. Fold over one side then fold in top and bottom, then fold over other side. Pop them fold side down in baking dish. Repeat x 4. Top with grated cheese.
  9. Bake for 25 mins.

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