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15-Minute Mediterranean Spiced Mince

(Budget-Friendly, Easy-to-make, One-Pot Recipe)

Written By: Byron | March 27, 2023
A large pan of 15-minute Mediterraean spiced mince

Transform some plain burger mince into a flavorsome meal with this super-easy Mediterranean spiced mince recipe. This recipe is great for meal prepping and can be whipped up with little effort in around 15 minutes.

When paired with our Mediterranean yellow rice recipe and some fresh leafy greens, it makes the perfect healthy and balanced meal.

Budget-Friendly Recipe | Meat & Poultry Recipe | One-Pot | Easy Recipe | Main Meal Recipe | Low Fat | High Protein | High Fiber | Made in 15 Minutes

Serving:

6 servings

Ready in:

15 mins

Skill level:

Very easy

Serve with:

Your favorite side

ingredients used to make Mediterranean spiced mince are laid out on a white granite counter top

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Ingredients you’ll need 

(makes 4 servings)

    • 500g lean beef or pork mince
    • 1 onion, finely diced
    • 3 cloves of garlic, diced fine
    • 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
    • 1 teaspoon of oregano
    • 2 teaspoons of Spanish La Vera smoked paprika 
    • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon of white pepper
    • Salt for seasoning

    Equipment needed

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    Why you’ll love this recipe

    • Easy to make
    • Ideal for meal prepping
    • Perfect for batch cooking 
    • Budget-friendly
    • Quick to make (takes 15 minutes)
    • Full flavors of the Mediterranean
    • Smoky paprika flavor
    • Healthy and nutritious
    • High in protein
    • Low in fat

    How to make 15 minute Mediterranean spiced mince

    Step 1 – Saute onion

    • Add olive oil and diced onion into a pan on medium-high heat. 
    • Saute until the onion is golden, around 5 minutes. 

    Step 2 – Add Mince

    • Add the mince and garlic and mix through. Increase heat to high and cook until the mince starts to brown (around 8 minutes). 

    Note: If using pork mince, it will be a much lighter color once cooked compared to beef mince. Both pork and beef mince take 5-8 minutes on high heat to cook. 

    Step 3 – Add spices and season

      • Add the herbs and spices and stir through. 
      • Cook on high heat for another 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, season to taste, and serve!
    A pan of Mediterranean spiced mince is served besides some fresh salad and rice.

    Meal pairing suggestions

    This quick and easy spiced mince recipe is ideal when served with some fresh salad or cooked veg and some grain source such as white or brown rice. Mediterranean spiced rice is also ideal for use in popular rice bowl recipes. They’re quick, easy to prepare, and offer a nutritious and balanced diet in one simple meal.

    Check out these other bowl recipes for some healthy dinner inspiration:

    Side suggestions

    Looking for an easy side to go with your Mediterranean spiced mince? Check out these quick and easy side recipes:

    Best Mince meat to use

    This is ultimately up to personal taste as both have a distinctive flavor. For the healthiest option when choosing mince meat, aim for the leanest cuts with the lowest fat content. Aim for lean mince meat that is 95% meat and 5% fat or less

    For a less lean cut, use leg meat or shoulder cuts. Brisket, shank meat, and short ribs are also good options although they contain more fat. The leaner the minced meat, the more it is prone to drying out while cooking. 

    Lean beef mince is available from all large supermarket chains, such as Walmart in the USA, and Tesco in the UK.

    Beef or Pork mince: Which Is healthier?

    Comparing lean beef mince and lean pork mince shows that beef mince is the healthier option for most people. For those monitoring their cholesterol levels, pork mince offers zero cholesterol. Here’s a comparison of the two types of mince side-by-side. 

    Nutritional information (Beef, ground, 95% lean meat / 5% fat)

    A 100g serving of beef mince contains:

    • 126 calories
    • 5g of fat (2.2 g of saturated fat)
    • 20.3 g of protein 

    Beef mince is high in cholesterol and a 100g serving provides over 20% of your daily recommended intake. 

    Nutritional information (Lean pork mince)

    Comparably, a 100g serving of lean pork mince contains:

    • 150 calories
    • 8.3g fat (3.2g of saturated fats)
    • 18.8g of protein 

    On the plus side, pork mince contains zero cholesterol so is a great choice for those watching their cholesterol intake.

    Beef mince meat nutrition facts

     

    Serving size: 100g

    Servings: 1

    Amount per serving

     

    Calories

    126

    % Daily Value*

    Total Fat 5g

    6%

    Saturated Fat 2.2g

    11%

    Cholesterol 62mg

    21%

    Sodium 80mg

    3%

    Total Carbohydrate 0g

    0%

    Dietary Fiber 0g

    0%

    Total Sugars 0g

     

    Protein 20.3g

     

    Vitamin D 0mcg

    0%

    Calcium 9mg

    1%

    Iron 2mg

    13%

    Potassium 346mg

    7%

    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Pork mince meat nutrition facts

     

    Serving size: 100g

    Servings: 1

    Amount per serving

     

    Calories

    150

    % Daily Value*

    Total Fat 8.3g

    11%

    Saturated Fat 3.2g

    16%

    Cholesterol 0mg

    0%

    Sodium 78mg

    3%

    Total Carbohydrate 0.1g

    0%

    Dietary Fiber 0.5g

    2%

    Total Sugars 0g

     

    Protein 18.8g

     

    Vitamin D 0mcg

    0%

    Calcium 0mg

    0%

    Iron 0mg

    0%

    Potassium 0mg

    0%

    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    A large pan of 15-minute Mediterraean spiced mince

    15-Minute Mediterranean Spiced Mince (Easy, Budget-friendly)

    Byron
    Transform some plain burger mince into a flavorsome meal with this super-easy Mediterranean spiced mince recipe. This recipe is great for meal prepping and can be whipped up with little effort in around 15 minutes.
    4.78 from 9 votes
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Course Main Course, main meal
    Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Spain
    Servings 6 servings
    Calories 126 kcal

    Equipment

    • 1 large frying pan or skillet
    • Chopping board
    • Sharp knife

    Ingredients

    • 500 g lean beef or pork mince
    • 1 onion finely diced
    • 3 cloves of garlic diced fine
    • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon of oregano
    • 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon of white pepper
    • Salt for seasoning

    Instructions
     

    Step 1 - Saute onion

    • Add olive oil and diced onion into a pan on medium-high heat.
      1 onion, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
      Onions are sauteed in a pan with some oil.
    • Saute until the onion is golden, around 5 minutes.
      sauteed onions

    Step 2 - Add Mince

    • Add the mince and garlic and mix through. Increase heat to high and cook until the mince starts to brown (around 8 minutes).
      500 g lean beef or pork mince, 3 cloves of garlic
      mincec is added to a pan of sauteed onions
    • Note: If using pork mince, it will be a much lighter color once cooked compared to beef mince. Both pork and beef mince takes 8 minutes on high heat to cook.
      pork mince in a pan

    Step 3 - Add spices and season

    • Add the herbs and spices and stir through.
      1 teaspoon of oregano, 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, ½ teaspoon of white pepper
      spices added to a pan of mince meat
    • Cook on high heat for another 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, season to taste, and serve.
      Salt for seasoning
      A large pan of 15-minute Mediterraean spiced mince

    Video

    Nutrition

    Serving: 100gCalories: 126kcalProtein: 20.3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 80mgPotassium: 346mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 2mg
    Keyword 15-minute-meal, Beef, Easy Dinner ideas, easy recipe, easy to make, mediterranean cuisine, Mince meat, spicy

    Cooking Tips and FAQs

    How long does this recipe take to make?

    • Prep time: 2 minutes
    • Cook time: 13 minutes
    • Total time: 15 minutes

    Is beef or pork mince healthier?

    Beef mince contains less fat and more protein, although it is higher in cholesterol. Pork mince contains zero cholesterol. 

    What is a good portion size for minced meat?

    A 125g (4.4oz.) serving is considered a good portion size, especially when served alongside a balance of vegetables, salad, and grains or legumes.

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