Mexican Beef Salad

mexican salad

It doesnt take much to get Ben to agree to something with Mexican in the title. However, I think he was a little confused when I started chopping up the pumpkin. “But, it’s mexican?” he queries, But – it has pumpkin in the recipe! I told him.

This is a seriously simple salad, perfect for those hot summer nights.

 Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 400g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 limes (I used lime juice)
  • 450g beef rump steak, trimmed
  • 35g packet taco seasoning
  • 400g can red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 310g can corn kernels, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place pumpkin in a roasting pan. Spray with oil. Roast, shaking pan occasionally, for 15 minutes or until golden and tender.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat a barbecue plate or chargrill on medium heat. Juice 2 limes and set aside. Sprinkle beef with taco seasoning. Spray with oil. Cook for 3 minutes each side for medium or until cooked to your liking. Remove to a plate. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes to rest.
  3. Meanwhile, cut remaining limes in half. Cook, cut side down, for 1 minute or until slightly charred. (Omitted. Not a big lime lover!)
  4. Place pumpkin in a bowl. Add beans, corn, coriander, onion, garlic and reserved lime juice. Thinly slice beef. Add to pumpkin mixture. Toss to combine. Serve with lime halves.


Super Food Ideas – November 2007, Page 67
This was really delicious – and so simple! The hardest part is cutting up the pumpkin (not my favourite job at all. If it came chopped I would eat it a LOT more!) and the rest is really easy to throw together. I didnt have quite as much coriander as I would have liked – my plant is a little low!
Im not a big red meat eater, but this wasnt too much for me, and the taco seasoning gives it a nice flavour.
Well worth trying on a warm summer night!

One response to “Mexican Beef Salad

  1. Ha! I would be confused if I saw you chopping up pumpkin too, if I was promised Mexican food.
    Sounds delicious though! Will be giving it a go.

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