Flaming hot Sloppy Joes

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Serves 4-5 | Prep Time 25 | Cook Time 40

Why I Love This Recipe

This recipe was adapted from Gourmet Magazine. These are SO much better than that stuff you can get out of a can. It takes a little more prep but is so worth it. These are not for the weak of heart...they are spicy!

Ingredients You'll Need

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 chopped chipolte pepper in adobo sauce (seeded and stem removed)
1 1/2 lb ground beef chuck
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup dry red wine or beef stock
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
4 kaiser rolls (any type of sturdy sandwhich roll)


Purée tomatoes in a blender or chop by hand if you like larger tomato pieces.

Cook onion and garlic in butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add carrot, bell pepper, chipolte pepper, celery, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add beef and brown, stirring to break up lumps, 5 to 6 minutes.

Add chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.

Add puréed tomatoes, wine/stock, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar and boil, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, about 6 minutes. Season with salt if your taste require it.

Serve on kaiser or cibatta rolls

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