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Mexican Taco Keema (Indian Style Ground Meat)

This Mexican Taco Keema recipe combines Indian and Mexican spices for a perfect ground meat to serve for taco night!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican


  • 1 lb ground turkey (500 g)
  • 1/2 onion, medium chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp ginger/garlic purée
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup water


  • Heat oil in a medium pan over medium high heat, add onion
  • Fry onion until crispy, dark brown, but not burnt
  • Reduce heat to low, and add in ginger, garlic, chili powder, coriander and salt
  • Stir continuously for 1-2 minutes, to ensure the spices don't burn and the raw smell of the spices is gone
  • Add in the ground meat, and increase the heat to medium high
  • Stir continuously until the meat is thoroughly cooked, and browned, and the spices are combined
  • Reduce heat to low, and add enough water to just cover the meat (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
  • Cover and let simmer on low for about 20 minutes
  • Remove lid and increase the heat to dry up, if necessary. No water should remain when done
  • Once ground meat is dry, remove from heat and serve with taco shells and favourite toppings


Any type of ground meat can be used for this recipe; I have made this with beef, chicken and turkey with excellent results.
If you don't have ginger/garlic purée on hand, you can make it with a ratio of 2:1 garlic to ginger. 
For this recipe, I would estimate ~4-6 cloves of garlic and 1/2" piece of ginger.
Keyword mexican, tacos