Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sloppy Joe's Mexican Style

A different version of an old favorite and with Super Bowl coming up is the perfect sandwich to have while watching it....
Mexican Sloppy Joe's.-
1 K ground beef (lean please)
1 choppen onion
2 pressed garlic cloves
500 grms tomato sauce
1-3 chipotle peppers, canned w/some of the sauce (careful hot)
1-2 tbls sugar, piloncillo or molasses
1-2 tbls orange juice
salt and pepper
Bread: teleras or hojaldres at the Mega Comercial or just hamburger buns
In large pan, put a little oil and brown the ground meat. Discard any juice that results. Set aside. In same pan (without the meat) Add onion and garlic and fry for 1-2 min. (you can use more oil here if you like) In blender: put tomato sauce, chipotles (start with one, taste then you can add more, one at a time), sugar, OJ and the fried onion and garlic and puree so it's smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings, this is the time to add salt & pepper, more chilies, sugar, etc. so it's to your liking. Don't worry if you need to try more than a couple of times.... as long as you like the results, it's great. When the sauce is ready, put meat back in the pan (yes, same pan, the one with all the flavors on it) and throw the sauce in. Bring up to temperature over med heat. Meantime in another big pan with 1 tbl or so of oil, heat at med heat, slice bread in half and put the halves in the pan to toast. Watch the bread so it doesn't burn and when toasted, remove. Finish off the sandwiches how you like them, with mayo or not, mustard or not, etc. Put meat on bread, serve and enjoy.

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