Mexican Street Food -- Beef on a Stick (or Not)
Here's my version, inspired by the streets of Mexico. Quick, easy and tasty, this is great on it's own or wrapped in fresh tortillas. I threw into it what I happened to have on hand, but this is a very flexible recipe and you can easily make it your own. Don't have an ingredient or want to use something else-- no problem. As long as there's meat and generous seasoning, it should be great, though I will say I think the sour cream is a must since it keeps the meat tender and moist.
1.5 lbs ground beef (I used 85%)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
generous pinch of oregeno
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp cumin
Dash of cayenne
1 minced clove of garlic
the juice of 1/2 a lemon
salt and pepper (according to your tastes, but on the liberal side)
a few tbs. oil for cooking in if using a pan (optional)
4) Serve either in a tortilla or on its own, with a side of fresh salsa, guacamole, and queso. [The picture here includes a mango salsa I made after roasting some anaheim peppers and a bit of fresh guacamole.]
This can easily be made with any type of meat, and you could also add some fresh cilantro or mint to give it a fresh taste. Also, the spices can easily be changed to a different flavor profile and region (cumin, garlic and mint for Middle Eastern; curry, ginger, garlic, turmeric and garam masala for Indian, etc.)
Quick and very easy! Hope you enjoy.