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Texas Taco Joes

This is another FUN meal that the entire family will love!!  A spin on the classic “Sloppy Joe” with an open-face, TexMex twist!  

The meat topping can be made to your desired heat level (or use ground turkey, pork or chicken if you’re not a beef fan) and then the toppings can range to what I listed below or can go waayyyy beyond that!!

*If your grocer doesn’t carry “Texas Toast” in the bread aisle…move.  

… Just kidding 😂, you may check the freezer section OR buy a large bread loaf in the bakery and just slice it at least a good 1-1/2″ thick!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped 
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes, “Mexican Style lime & cilantro” (don’t drain)
  • 1 can green chilis
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Texas toast 

Garnish (optional)

  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Chopped onion
  • Diced tomatoes 
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado slices
  • Black olives    

Heat a pan up to medium with the ground beef and the chopped onion *add about 2Tbsp of EVOO if using a very lean meat.  Cook until the onions are translucent and the meat is browned. 

 In that same pan (draining grease IF necessary), add in the taco seasoning along with the can of Rotel tomatoes, green chili’s and water.  Stir, bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer.   Cover the mixture and walk away till thickened *about 15 minutes. 

     While the meat mixture is thickening, we’ll toast those fat slices of bread.  Aka “Texas Toast”.  Now you can do this as you wish, oven or toaster, but I layed a bunch of slices down on a baking sheet and popped it under the broiler of my oven for just a minute till toasted!

The fun part has arrived!!  Preparing your own Texas Taco Joe with the toppings of your choice!  I’m a fan of “the works” and add everything but the kitchen sink to mine, but to each their own!!  Enjoy! 

 

Chili de Árbol Sauce

Ya know that super spicy ‘hot sauce’ you have to ask the waiter for at restaurants?  The velvety smooth one that they don’t normally serve with your chips and salsa due to its insanely hot heat level?  Well this is it.  You can also use this as a fantastic base for a great enchilada sauce or soup.

Now please don’t be deterred from making this because you see dried Chilis.  Besides a couple of garlic cloves and water, these are your only ingredients.  Seriously.

The Starting Lineup

  • 4 Ancho Chilis (dried)
  • 2 New Mexico Chilis (dried)
  • 1 cup of Chilis de Árbol (dried)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, smashed 

Ok, first thing to do is boil a few cups of water in a pan.  Meanwhile, cut the stems off of each pepper and shake out as many seeds as you can.  Don’t worry about getting every single seed out, this will also go through a mesh sieve after they’re puréed.

  

Place the deseeded chilis in a large bowl and pour the now boiling water over them.  Cover the filled bowl immediately with a plate or Saran Wrap.  This will rehydrate and soften your dried peppers. *you can see the Saran Wrap billowing up from the hot steam.  

 

Let these chilis steep in the hot water for 30 minutes.  Once time is up, use a slotted spoon to add the peppers to your blender.  Also add in 2 cups of the water that the chilis soaked in and your 2 cloves of garlic.  

Blend for a minute till smooth.  If needed add more of the chili water to thin. *I recommend holding a towel over your blender lid as you purée.  The hot liquid tends to expand and you don’t want to get burned.  Promise.

Slowly, about 1/2 cup at a time, pour your blended chilis into a fine mesh cooking sieve that is hung over a bowl.  *dont mind my sieve.  My boys like to steal it from my kitchen and ‘catch butterflies’ with it through out my home.  It has lost its beautiful, once round shape..  With a rubber spatula, push down on the sauce to press the liquid through the sieve while it catches all of the seeds & skins.  It will be paste-like and the sauce in the bowl underneath will be smooth. 

  

After you’ve pressed all of the liquid through the metal sieve from your blender..your done!!  Authentic Chili de Árbol sauce for all your Mexican inspired dishes!🔥💃👌

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