Thursday, June 9, 2011

Southwestern Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's are seriously one of Corey's favorites.  He probably asks for them once a week.  I bookmarked this recipe on For the Love of Cooking about a month ago and then one of my friends made them and told me how good they were so I decided to put them on the list for this week.  Corey quickly agreed.  These were so good.  They were a little like the regular sloppy joes, but a tad spicy and had a really sweet flavor.  The spices were perfect.  And if you wanted to tone it down you could use green pepper rather than the jalapeno!

Southwestern Sloppy Joes with Avocado Slices:
2 tsp olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef (I used ground turkey)
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 small jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp coriander
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
5 small pearl tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup of ketchup, more if needed
1-2 tsp brown sugar
3/4 cup frozen sweet yellow corn, thawed
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
Hamburger buns, toasted
Avocado slices
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the red onion & jalapeno and cook for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add the lean ground beef, making sure to break it up into crumbles as it cooks. Add the chili powder, paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, coriander, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mix the ingredients so the spices are evenly coating the beef and onion. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until the beef is cooked through. Add the minced garlic and diced tomatoes and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, sweet yellow corn, and cilantro. Cook for 2 minutes. Taste and re-season if needed. Scoop the filling onto a toasted hamburger bun and top with avocado slices. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

I served this with puffy cheddar mustard potatoes...recipe coming soon!

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