Friday, November 11, 2011

Sloppy Jose

Sloppy Jose

When the weekend rolls around I’m ready to chill. I don’t really want to cook-I’d rather try some new restaurant but sometimes that’s just not in the cards. I don’t really want to go to the grocery along with everyone else and so I’m stuck with what is on hand. Sometimes it isn’t much, but sometimes not so bad.  But I also want something easy and soothing and maybe something with leftovers so I don’t have to worry about the rest of the weekend.When I was little, a long, long time ago, when my parents went out, which actually seemed quite often, we kids always looked forward to sloppy joe. In fact I think my mother felt better when she made it for us - maybe so she wouldn’t feel guilty about always going out and leaving us home - but I doubt that was it. Maybe she craved sloppy joe as much as we did. Maybe she wanted leftovers. Maybe not. In any case our other favorite meal she left us was a Swanson TV dinner which was OK as long as we got the one that contained the corn and the brownie. Yes, we were excited when they left us with a babysitter because then we also got to watch Hawaii 50 and some other detective show with a guy in a trench coat. I can’t remember the name of it. Yes, it was that memorable.  And we also got to stay up until AND we got to watch TV in their bed! Man, we knew how to have fun!

Sloppy Jose

Which brings me back to good old Sloppy Joe which today is Sloppy Jose. OK, I am not politically incorrect because one day I will also give you Sloppy Giao and Sloppy Guiseppe.

With pepper, onion and chipotle
Sloppy Jose

1 lb ground turkey or beef (whatever is in the package that is close)
½ lb chorizo
1 chopped onion
1 chopped pepper
1 can green chilies chopped
2 chipotles from the can
2 cloves of garlic or garlic powder
Dash of Worchestire sauce
1/3 c ketchup
1/3 c bbq sauce
1/3 c water and maybe more
Seasonings such as cumin, chili powder,
Salt and Pepper

Use oil in the pan if you are using turkey so the turkey doesn’t stick. Heat the oil before adding. Add both meats and cook until brown. Throw in onion, pepper, chilies and garlic and sauté until translucent. Add the rest of the stuff. Let simmer until thickened. If it sits to long you can add more water.

Now the good part. You decide what you want to do with it.

With onions, cheese and cilantro
           Top with cheddar, jalapenos and cilantro. Eat.
  1. Add it to a tortilla.
  2. My kids always ate it plain.
  3. Put it on a bun.
  4. Serve it over leftover spaghetti. (Had this last night.)
  5. Works over rice, too.
  6. On a baked potato.
  7. Over black beans.
  8. In a second I’m going to use it to make nachos. I better hurry up. Happy Hour is almost here.

Time to Eat

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  1. This should work for breakfast with some potatoes and fried eggs.... just a thought! :)

  2. Swanson TV dinners! I remember those. And I do remember how awesome that brownie was. Well - it seemed so at the time.

    Nice take on the sloppy joe. I haven't made those in ages. The traditional recipe is good but your version looks much better.

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