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Sloppy Joes

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

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, September 2005

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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 beef 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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  • coco2825
    15 SEP, 2011
    One of our favorite recipes - great with the beef although I use less beef and add diced zucchini at the end of cooking time. LOVE IT!
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  • Nugent
    28 AUG, 2008
    Its me again with a new review. The leftovers of the turkey sloppy joe's made great sauce over pasta. I used a fresh jalapeno which just needed the night to rest to make the sauce spicy and really tasty. Sorry Martha for the hasty review of earlier.
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  • Nugent
    28 AUG, 2008
    I tried this last night using Turkey adding the cilantro and jalapenos and it was the most bland boring thing I have ever tasted.
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  • djlaredo
    28 AUG, 2008
    That's funny! Beef for turkey? I wonder where the recipe was copied from.
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  • AmyRandle
    28 AUG, 2008
    I don't see any trukey in the recipe. I do see a cucmber in the picture- also not in recipe. Is this a test?
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  • pdvasil
    27 AUG, 2008
    Did I miss something - it says turkey sloppy joes - where's the turkey?
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  • MS12043761
    27 AUG, 2008
    The email link stated this was a recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes. The ingredients calls for beef! A big difference. We make ground turkey sloppy joes all the time. To lower the carb content, use low carb tortillas instead of high carb. bread buns. Tastes great! Editors: watch your proofreading! Turkey is not beef!
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  • pmelros
    27 AUG, 2008
    Second time for this...most unappitizing picture I have ever seen, I think the M. S. staff could do much better.
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  • pmelros
    27 AUG, 2008
    that is the most unappitizing picture I have ever seen, I think the M. S. staff could do much better
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  • CourtneyFFox
    28 MAR, 2008
    the spicy version isn't very spicy and i added extra jalapenos. Skip the kid version. This was delicious. We substituted ground turkey instead of beef. Turned out great!
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