¼onion, diced½ cup (firmly packed)chopped coriander8cooked tortillas4radishes, coarsely choppedBraised beef cheeks½large onion, coarsely chopped5garlic cloves, coarsely chopped35 mlcanola oil1 tspblack peppercorns1 eachwhole clove and star anise1 tspcumin seeds1½ tbspcoriander seeds½ tspground cinnamon1 tbspsweet paprika500 gmbeef cheek, cut into large dice (about 4cm x 7cm)1 tspcocoa powder1tomato, coarsely chopped¼red capsicum, coarsely chopped1 tspred wine vinegarSmoky red salsa¼ Spanish onion, skin on6garlic cloves, unpeeled1ripe tomato1/3red capsicum½long red chilli2 tsplime juice
For braised beef cheeks, process onion and garlic in a food processor, then place in a saucepan with the oil and stir occasionally over medium-low heat until garlic is light golden (10 minutes). Meanwhile, finely grind whole spices in a spice mill or coffee grinder, then add to onion mixture with cinnamon, paprika, beef and cocoa. Add a good pinch of salt and stir occasionally until spices have caramelised but not burnt (8-10 minutes). Process tomato and red capsicum in a food processor until smooth, then add to beef, stir well and cover with a tightfitting lid. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender (3 hours). Adjust seasoning, shred beef with a fork and add red wine vinegar. Keep warm until needed.
For smoky red salsa, grill onion, garlic, tomato, capsicum and chilli on a char-grill plate over very high heat until completely blackened on all sides (about 15 minutes). Allow vegetables to cool to room temperature, then peel onion and garlic, and remove seeds and skin from tomato, capsicum and chilli. Place all vegetables in a blender with lime juice and a pinch of salt and blend until smooth. Check seasoning. Makes 180ml.
To serve, combine onion and coriander in a small bowl. Briefly warm tortillas in a nonstick pan. Place a tablespoon of braised beef cheeks in the middle of each, scatter a few pieces of radish on top,
½ teaspoon of the onion and coriander mix and a teaspoon of the smoky salsa, and serve.