Add one tablespoon of oil and leave it for one to two minutes until hot (a little longer for an electric hob).
Add the onion and cook, stirring fairly frequently, for about five minutes, or until the onion is soft, squidgy and slightly translucent.
Tip in the garlic, red pepper, one heaped teaspoon of hot chilli powder or one level tablespoon mild chilli powder, one teaspoon paprika and one teaspoon of ground cumin.
Give it a good stir, then leave it to cook for another five minutes, stirring occasionally.
Next, brown 500g lean minced beef.
Then turn the heat up a bit, add the meat to the pan and break it up with your spoon or spatula.
The mix should sizzle a bit when you add the mince.