Mince – Spiced Ground Beef

8 Aug

If you say you made ” Mince ” for lunch or dinner, then every Goan knows that you are talking about ground beef but to the rest of Indian’s it is known as ” Kheema “. Mince in Goa is mostly made with beef and if you are wondering how come an Indian eats beef, well then you will have to read about Goan history here.

Mince plays an important part in the Goan Christian food habits as it’s a base for many popular Goan recipes. To name a few, Beef Croquettes, Beef Empadinhas, Beef Patties, Potato Chops and Almon’s.

Originally Mince is made with ground beef and potatoes but I usually add peas & carrots as it is a sneaky way to get my kids to eat their veggies 🙂 I suggest that you use the lean ground beef. If you do not eat beef then you can replace it with turkey or chicken.

Cooking Tip: For savory dishes my mum always added a dash of sugar to enhance the flavor.

mince-meat-goan-ground-beef-recheado-recipe   Ingredients for Mince, Goan Ground Beef Recipe


  • 2 lbs of lean ground beef
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 ” of finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp of recheado masala
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 1 medium golden potato diced small
  • 1 1/2 cup of peas & carrots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste



  • Heat oil in a pot. Add onions and saute till soft.
  • Then add the recheado masala and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the ginger and saute for another 30 seconds.
  • Next add the ground beef and saute till it mixes well with the spices. Add sugar, water and salt to taste. Cook covered on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Then add the diced potatoes and cook covered for 5 minutes.
  • Finally add the peas & carrots, check on salt and cook covered for another 5 minutes.

The last 2 days we enjoyed the Goan mince meat in many ways.

Serve it with rice.


Or with sliced bread (Goan’s slice their breads diagonally for all celebrations, don’t ask me why. All I can say is for aesthetics). 


We also boil plain macaroni and add the cooked meat and enjoy it. If you want to make it a low-calorie, low-carbs meal then stuff the meet in romaine lettuce leafs.


A low-carb alternative to enjoy the Ground Beef.

And finally we love Taco Bell but the Goan Mince Meat Taco beats it hands down.


Enjoy it in a Taco


28 Responses to “Mince – Spiced Ground Beef”

  1. HotDish August 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Woa – a Goan mince meat taco sound divine! I need to make this!!

    • Nandini August 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      Thanks….yes it is 🙂

  2. Violets&Vanilla August 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    The mince with rice looks SO good!

    • Nandini August 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      🙂 Thank You so much!

  3. The Weekend Baker August 9, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    It’s not even time for breakfast here yet but you have me salivating already. Need to try this soon!! 🙂 Thanks!

    • Nandini August 9, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      Hahaha…. thanks for the compliment :-). Isn’t it wonderful that the world is round I was heading to bed while you were just waking up 🙂

  4. fittoservegroup August 9, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I just love your blog! Can you tell me a little more about recheado masala? I want to purchase this from your site but I was wondering if you could explain what yummy ingredients go into this masala.

  5. "A Curious Mind" August 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    Mmmm,.. . 😉 Doing it again, your making me hungry.. .

    • Nandini August 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      I’m sneaky huh…. 🙂

      • "A Curious Mind" August 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

        . .. 😉 ❤ "Mmmm, Yum, Yep!"

  6. fittoservegroup August 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Is there a way you can notify me when the recheado is back in stock? Would love to order it…

    • Nandini August 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Sure will do. I am hoping by this week. Just send me your email by emailing me at ” ” and I will send you a message as soon as I am back in stock 🙂 Thanks Much.

  7. maewd78 August 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    I’m making this for sure. Looks awesome.

  8. ieatboba August 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    Wow! Nice 🙂 I love how versatile this dish + all your other dishes are 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  9. laflor5233 August 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    Will have to try.

  10. Apple Mint Savory August 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    I want to try this dish, it looks delicious!

    • Nandini August 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      I hope you do give it a try 🙂

  11. Mandi August 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    This reminds me so much of a minced meat dish my mother used to make. Looks delicious 🙂 Following!

    • Nandini August 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      That is so good to know 🙂 Thanks Mandi!

  12. jennahq August 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    I am from NZ and grew up on a farm. We weren’t very wealthy and so mince was a staple dinner meal for us. Mum used to experiment with different sauces added to it and things like raisins. Never my favourite… Mince on toast was a classic. We ate it so much that it’s a dish I do not enjoy now, on it’s own. I do love using ground beef to make heaps of other things though. So cheap and versatile!! Nice blog 🙂

    • Nandini August 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Thank you for sharing your story Jenna :-). I can surely understand. My husband too has his, which is spaghetti. They were served at boarding school every single day. If he could not finish what was served at lunch they we served the leftovers for dinner which was stale as punishment. He say he hates it because of that experience.

  13. Antonio Caggiano August 21, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    Deliscious food as Always 🙂


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