Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mexican Sloppy Joes

  
         See that awesome looking hamburger bun? I made that. I'll have the recipe for those up tomorrow. I jumped around the house when I pulled them out of the oven..total perfection!

I actually baked those hamburger buns with this recipe in mind. I spotted it last week and bookmarked it to make. My oldest son loves everything spicy and so does my husband. My youngest son and I are in the middle and these were about as spicy as we could go. I doubt anyone else who makes these will have a problem with the spice because I'm pretty sure The Netherlands is the only place to produce burn your lips off chili powder. I knew from experience not to use the full amount but the little I did use was again way to much. Boo on lip numbing chili powder!

These are seriously good though..you get a kick of sweetness from the brown sugar and a kick from the chili sauce..Make sure you get sweet chili sauce and if you are like me,go for the mild.

Mexican Sloppy Joe's

1 lb Ground Beef..lean,regular,soy crumbles
1/2 cup Diced Red Onion..I used a regular one
1 TBS Minced Garlic
1/4 cup Diced Jalapeno Pepper..left out 
3/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
2 TBS Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
Optional toppings: Cilantro,Pepper Jack Cheese or cheese of choice. They sell a Cumin cheese here that I used and it went great with the sandwiches.

Brown ground beef in large pan over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain and reserve one tablespoon of drippings. Add onion and garlic to pan and sautee until fragrant,about 1-2 minutes.Add in jalapeno and cook until vegetable are tender,about 5 minutes. Return beef to mixture and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in sweet chili sauce,brown sugar and cumin. Simmer for 12-15 minutes,stirring often.

Serve on hambuger buns and toppings of choice.

Yield: 6 servings
Source: Behind the Bites