The Sloppy José

Ok.  Ok.  I realize that there are a lot of ingredients on this one and you’re probably saying “why all of this for a glorified Sloppy Joe??  I’ll just grab a can of Manwich and call it good!”  No, no, no my friend, this is so much more than that!  It’s worth it.  Promise.

It has all the flavor components and the textures to delight!  You have the warm crusty bun, the cool guacamole, the (homemade) rich & spicy beef and the salt of your crumbled cheese.  This is sure to impress your harshest critic.

The Starting Lineup

  • Bacon Cheddar Rolls
  • 2 lb Ground Beef
  • 2 Chipotle en Adobo Peppers
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced 
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15oz can of Tomato Sauce
  • 3 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Mexican Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Clove
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 12oz Mexican Beer
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 2-3 Hass Avocados
  • 1/4 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1-2 small plum Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Jalapeño, seeds in, minced
  • Lime Juice
  • Sea Salt 
  • 1 Jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 cup Queso Fresco 
  • Lime, quartered

Let’s begin!  In a LARGE skillet (cast iron preferred of course ;)) brown your ground beef over medium heat.  Once meat is to desired doneness (drain grease), add in your onion and bell pepper.  Cook till softened, about 5 minutes.. Toss in your garlic and cook till fragrant, 30-60 seconds.

Meanwhile, we’ll start the sauce.  In a blender, add in your chipotles, tomato sauce, spices & sugar.  Blend till smooth and pour into your skillet along with the beer and cilantro.

While your meat mixture is simmering, roughly 20 minutes, start your guacamole.  You can make your guac as smooth or as chunky as you prefer.  Add all of the above guacamole ingredients in a bowl and mash with a fork.  Keep checking on your beef.  Stir occasionally as it will thicken as it simmers.

Get your buns in gear!  No, seriously, get out your delicious bacon cheddar buns and cut each in half.  Toast them to a nice golden brown.  You can use your broiler for this, just please watch them!  They’ll burn fast!

Time to assemble!  Spread your fresh guacamole liberally on the top half of your toasted bun.  Place a large scoop full of your beef on the bottom portion of bun.  Garnish with some crumbled queso, jalapeño slices and freshly squeezed lime juice.  Enjoy and you maayyyy need a fork and cerveza!🍴🍺

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