Mexican Bowl

Mexican Bowl

  • Serves: 3 - 4
  • Prep Time: 00:20
  • Cooking Time: 00:25

A healthier way to eat Mexican Chili beef mince, all served up in a bowl with lots of salad and my dairy free sour cream. Serve the chili meat warm and this makes a perfect summers evening dinner.


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  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 onion(s), diced
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander, ground
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 600g beef mince
  • 1 1/2 cups passata/tomato puree
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (100%)
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt, or to taste
  • shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and cucumber , grated carrot & chopped avocado
  • dairy-free sour cream , (recipe in my book page 302)


Heat a large pot on medium - high. Melt ghee, add onion and cook stirring for 3 minutes to soften.

Add garlic, herbs and spices, stir through the onion for 1 minute or until fragrant.

Push mixture to the sides of the pot and add the beef mince, add extra ghee if needed. Stir mince while breaking up, cook until colour changes.

Add passata, maple syrup and salt. Stir all ingredients to combine well. Simmer uncovered, stir often for approximately 15 minutes for flavours to increase and sauce to reduce. Taste and adjust seasoning if required.

Set pot aside to allow the chilli mixture to slightly cool (you don't want to serve it pipping hot or the salad will wilt).

Prepare salad toppings. Divide chilli mixture between individual bowls and arrange shredded and diced salad on top. Serve with a dollop of your choice of sour cream.

(When making dairy-free cashew sour cream, soak cashews for 1 - 2 hours before blending. Sour cream can be made the day before and stored in the fridge or just before serving.)


Ghee is a lactose-free ancient superfood. It is made by slow cooking and clarifying butter to remove the milk solids and lactose, it's pure butter fat. You can get the flavour of butter in your cooking without the dairy (please don't consume if you have an allergy to ghee). My favourite brands are Organic Valley Purity Farms or Puresoul grass-fed. It is also very easy to make yourself. Ghee has a high smoke point 485F/250C.


In my recipes when listing onion I am referring to a brown (also called yellow) onion. Onions are members of the allium plant family which also includes garlic, leeks, spring onions and shallots. Onions are valued more for the flavour they impart in cooking than for their nutritional content. Onions are know for their antibacterial effect helping to prevent superficial infections and their sulfur compounds may block carcinogens.


Garlic is a close relative to the onion and has been used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In most of my recipes I use minced garlic as I find it distributes better throughout the dish. When in a hurry I use organic minced garlic which I purchase in glass jars and store in the fridge. When garlic powder is needed for a particular recipe, I use 'Simply Organic' brand. Why is garlic so good for us? It is an immune booster, antibiotic, good for the heart, cancer fighter and it's also knew as a weight loss aid (appetite suppressant).


Cumin is a medium - hot spice which blends well in curries and is the main spice in the Middle Eastern dip, hummus. It is being studied for potential anti-oxidant and anticancer effects.


Coriander is also know as cilantro. The fresh chopped green leaves in large amounts are a good source of vitamin C. The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many Indian, Thai, and Mexican dishes. They are usually tossed through just before serving as the heat can diminish the flavour. The dried fruits are known as coriander seeds, the seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed. The word coriander in food preparation may only be referring to the ground seeds not the plant.


Oregano is an important culinary herb. It's used for the flavour of its leaves, when dried the leaves are more flavourful than fresh. Oregano has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste and is popular in Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. I prefer to purchase an organic brand, Simply Organic.


Cumin is a medium - hot spice which blends well in curries and is the main spice in the Middle Eastern dip, hummus. It is being studied for potential anti-oxidant and anticancer effects.

beef mince

Beef mince is ground down beef steak, it can make a meal very economical and is so versatile. It is used in many recipes including, hamburger patties, cottage pie, chili, meatloaf, bolognese and meatballs. Purchase organic and grass fed beef mince if possible. An excellent source of protein.

passata/tomato puree

Purchase organic tomato passata/puree in glass containers (pure tomato without sugar or salt). Tomatoes are acidic which increases the rate at which BPA enters food and this can be a concern with canned tomato products. Tomatoes are a useful source of vitamin C, beta carotene, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are a nightshade vegetable.

maple syrup (100%)

Maple syrup is an earthy, sweet tasting amber liquid that is produced by boiling down the sap of maple trees. Use organic 100% maple syrup which is a natural food sweetener, not a flavoured maple syrup. Pure maple syrup contains a decent amount of some minerals, especially manganese and zinc, some traces of potassium and calcium but it does contain a whole bunch of sugar. I try to reduced the amount of sweetness in each recipe to the lowest possible without compromising taste. Feel free to adjust to your liking. I use maple syrup in place of raw honey when I don't want the strong honey flavour coming through in a recipe. I have paleo cookies and desserts in my cookbook made from whole food ingredients with natural sugars but please don’t overindulge. Use as a treat only for special occasions.

pink Himalayan salt

Raw pink Himalayan salt crystals is unlike common table salt which can be a highly refined industrial byproduct, otherwise know as sodium chloride. Himalayan salt is completely pure and may naturally balance the body's alkaline/acidity and regulate water content. In addition Himalayan salt helps in the absorption of nutrients from food and contains many trace minerals for healthy cell structure. I purchase fine pink Himalayan crystal salt so I can use it in my shaker and for cooking.