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Occasionally we have parts of meals that we couldn't finish and so end up with leftovers. Take this as an opportunity to create a 'Second Chance' meal.

To help you get started we're sharing some of our favourite leftover recipes that use common leftover ingredients such as chicken, pasta and veggies. The recipes have been provided by Hello Table, Cumberland Council from their Love Your Leftovers app and cookbook as well as Go for 2&5®.

Want to share your own recipe? Visit our Facebook page and let everyone know about your 'Second Chance' meal.

Cooking with your leftovers and ingredients you have at home are just two of the things we can do to reduce food waste. We can also plan our meals, write a shopping list, measure serving sizes and store food right to keep it fresh.

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Beef Tacos

For children Quick and easy

Kids love eating with their hands, and tacos are always a winner.
Total time 20 minutes.
Serves 4

Beef Tacos


  • 12 taco shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 400 g roast beef
  • 600 g chunky tomato salsa (2 jars)
  • ½–1 jar water (empty salsa jar)


  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
  • 2 handfuls cheddar cheese, grated
  • sour cream to serve


  • 2 soft avocados
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 handful coriander, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tomato, finely diced (optional)
  • 1 long red chilli, deseeded, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 140°C. Remove tacos from package and follow instructions to heat (5 minutes).

Finely chop beef in the food processor.

Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. Cook onion until slightly soft, then add spices and cook for an additional minute. Add chopped roast beef to pan with salsa and half a jar of water and simmer for 5 minutes (if too dry, add more water).

To make guacamole, mash avocado in a bowl with a fork until smooth. Then add onion, garlic, lime juice, chopped coriander leaves, ground cumin, ground coriander, tomato and chilli. Combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Fill each taco shell with 2 tablespoons of beef mixture and top with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, guacamole and sour cream.

Jodie’s Tip: If using raw minced beef, add mince to frying pan once onion and spices are cooked. Cook for 5 minutes until the beef is browned and cooked through. Break up any lumps with a fork and drain off any fat. Add salsa and water, then simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce thickens.

Recipe © Summer TABLE by Jodie Blight (, reproduced with permission 2017

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