Ground Beef with Spicy Tomatillo Sauce

Amazing Mexican treat can be served as tacos or with some cilantro rice – it is delectable either way 🙂

So, after the aforementioned final I decided to treat myself and Loren to something deliciously spicy and hearty. I pretty much made this up using what I had in the pantry.

You will need:

1 – 1.5 lbs lean ground beef

1 big can of whole tomatillos

3 garlic cloves

1 tsp chopped ginger

1 big onion – diced

1 medium-sized green chili – chopped, without the seeds or membranes


chili powder

red pepper

canola oil


1. First, you will need to brown the beef with the dry spices: paprika, chili powder and red pepper.  Use your taste and judgement to determine the amounts, but in general it’s about 2/3 tbs of chili and paprika and about 1/4 tbs red pepper.

After you browned the beef, take it out and let it hang out on a paper towel on a plate to drain some fat – even though it’s lean, you’ll be surprised!

2. Next, make the sauce. Add a little canola oil to cover the pan, then throw in the garlic and ginger.  After the garlic and ginger become fragrant, add the onion and the chopped chili.  Let the goodness simmer for about ten minutes on low heat

Drain the tomatillos.  Increase the heat, and start adding the veggies (or fruit?) I like adding them whole and smashing them later.

Let the sauce simmer for 15-25 minutes.

3.  Add the beef and let the whole thing cook for another 30 minutes.

Serve with cheddar cheese, cilantro and sour cream – with rice or tortillas.



2 responses to “Ground Beef with Spicy Tomatillo Sauce

  1. Oh, yum!! This sounds delicious, Anna! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m in the mood for something spicy this week. 🙂
    Happy Holidays!!

  2. Tried this and it is nothing less than wonderful!! Wish I’d found this earlier!! Thank you !!

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