Mexican Beef Bowls with Charred Sweetcorn and Chunky Salsa

Mexican Beef Bowls with Charred Sweetcorn and Chunky Salsa

Ready in 40 minutes Serves 4
This dish most recently appeared in My Family (5 Nights For 4) on Sunday, February 24, 2019.



  • 1½ cups basmati rice
  • 2¼ cups boiling water


  • 2 corn cobs
  • 1 pack hickory salt (optional, adults)


  • 1 tomato
  • ½ telegraph cucumber


  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 pack beef mince
  • 1 pack Mexican spices
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup water

To Serve

  • ½ iceberg lettuce
  • 125g sour cream

Have Handy

  • Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Vinegar


  1. Cook rice Preheat BBQ hot plate to medium-high (if using). Bring a full kettle to the boil. Combine rice, boiling water and a pinch of salt in a pot and bring to the boil with the lid on. Once boiling, reduce to lowest heat to cook for 12 minutes. Turn off heat and steam, covered, for 5 more minutes. Do not lift lid during cooking. Fluff up with a fork and cover to keep warm.
  2. Prep corn Peel corn and cut each cob into 3. Place corn cobs in a heat-proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover and set aside for about 5 minutes, until bright yellow and tender. Drain well.
  3. Prep salsa and veggies Dice tomato and cucumber 2cm. Add to a bowl with a drizzle of vinegar and oil. Toss to coat and season to taste. Finely dice onion; thinly slice lettuce.
  4. Cook beef Heat a drizzle of oil in a large deep fry-pan on medium-high heat. Cook onion for 2-3 minutes, increase heat to high, add beef and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, until browned. Add Mexican spices and cook, stirring, for 1 minute, until fragrant. Stir through canned tomatoes, water and ½ teaspoon salt. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, until thickened but still saucy. Season to taste.
  5. Cook corn Heat a drizzle of oil in a second fry-pan on medium-high heat and cook corn for about 6 minutes, turning regularly, until lightly charred. Sprinkle with hickory salt (for adults). Alternatively, cook corn on BBQ.
  6. Serve rice, beef, corn, salsa, lettuce and sour cream in bowls.

Nutritional Information

Energy 2578 kj
616 kcal
Protein 32.4g
Carbohydrate 51.9g
Fat 30.1g