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Spicy Lamb Tacos

Total Time
20 mins

Lamb makes for an interesting flavor break from beef. If you prefer less spice, just reduce the amount of chipotle powder.

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Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
 3 cups thinly sliced cabbage (from 1 medium head)
 1 bunch radishes, sliced into half-moons
 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
 3 tablespoons lime juice
 1 pound ground lamb
 2 garlic cloves, chopped
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
 1/2 to 1 tsp. chipotle chile powder
 1/4 cup beer
 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
 8 warm corn tortillas
  Toppings such as crumbled queso fresco (fresh Mexican cheese), crema (Mexican sour cream) or sour cream, chopped cilantro, pickled jalapeños, and lime wedges for squeezing
Step 1

Combine cabbage, radishes, cumin, cilantro, and lime juice in a large bowl. Add salt to taste and transfer to a serving bowl.

Step 2

Sauté lamb, garlic, and oregano in a large frying pan over high heat, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon until very little pink remains, about 5 minutes. Drain excess fat. Add chile powders, beer, vinegar, and salt to taste and cook, stirring, until most liquid has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Step 3

Set out tortillas and toppings in separate bowls and let everyone make their own tacos.

Step 4

Make ahead: Cook meat and prep toppings the night before.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 455Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g44%

Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 249mg11%
Total Carbohydrate 28g10%

Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Protein 23g46%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.