Sloppy Joes

Fresh cilantro, pickled jalapenos, and sliced avocado give Sloppy Joes a Southwestern accent.

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  • Servings: 4
Sloppy Joes

Source: Everyday Food, September 2005


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef chuck
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can tomato puree (14.5 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger rolls, cut into mini buns
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeno chiles
  • 2 hoagie rolls, split in half
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, thinly sliced


  1. For the Kids (Serves 2): In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef, breaking apart pieces with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add pureed tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and 1 1/2 cups water. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Reserve half the beef mixture for the adults. Divide remaining evenly among the mini buns (2 per serving).

  3. For the Adults (Serves 2): Stir cilantro and jalapenos into the reserved beef mixture. Dividing evenly, spoon over bottom halves of rolls; top with avocado slices.

Cook's Notes

Children will handle mini buns easily; cut them out from regular buns with a round biscuit or cookie cutter. Save the scraps from the cut buns to make homemade croutons or breadcrumbs.


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