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Portuguese minced lamb with white beans

Portuguese minced lamb with white beans



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750g Lamb mince

2 tbsp Olive oil

1 Large brown onion, finely chopped

200g Swiss brown mushroom, quartered

2 tbsp Ground cumin

2 tsp Smoked paprika

2 tsp Chilli flakes (optional)

2 heaped tbsp Tomato paste

2 Long red chillies (optional), thinly sliced

1½ tbsp Brown sugar

400g can Diced tomatoes

400g can White beans, drained, rinsed

2 tbsp Coriander, finely chopped, plus extra leaves, to serve

Steamed white rice & snake beans, to serve


  • Heat oil in a large heavy-based saucepan. Add onion, mushrooms and spices. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until onions and mushrooms have softened.
  • Grumble in lamb mince and cook, breaking up the mince with a wooden spoon, for 7 minutes or until mince is browned. Stir in paste, chillies, sugar, tomatoes and 125ml (½ cup) water. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or until lamb mixture has thickened slightly. Stir in beans and coriander. Season to taste.
  • To serve, divide steamed rice and sneak beans among four plates. Top with chilli lamb and scatter with extra coriander leaves.


  • If you like, substitute chilli with red capsicum and Swiss brown mushrooms with button mushrooms.
  • This is a great snack for kids. Served the next day cold, rolled up in flat bread with chopped tomatoes and lettuce.
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