I am giving the Sloppy Joes Recipe a new meaning.
I am a Sloppy Joes Recipe snob (if there was ever such a thing).
Let me explain to you what I mean. When I was younger, Manwich was a regular meal at our dinner table, like most Americans.
Side note: I wish I could remember when Manwich actually came out because I bet the entire country went on a frenzy! I bet Manwich AKA Sloppy Joes, became one of those annoying food fads like quinoa, or Kale Chips, or Chia Seed thing-a-ma-bobs, and spiral veggie noodles that the entire world praised. In fact, if Pinterest existed back then we would see all types of Manwich AKA Sloppy Joes Recipe dishes. We would have Sloppy Joes Bake, Sloppy Joes Soup, Sloppy Joes Breakfast Burritos, Sloppy Joes Chips, Sloppy Joes Casserole, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, Sloppy Joes-Joes (I don’t even know what the hell that is) and the list goes on. Okay, back to the post.
Sloppy Joes is one of those traditional American Classic dishes that fits the table of every family no matter the ethnic background, religion, or neighborhood. Kind of like Hot Dogs or Potato Salad or cheesy casseroles. Everyone loves Sloppy Joes. But like I said earlier, I am kind of a Joes snob. Meaning, I don’t make my Sloppy Joes out of the can. I make it from scratch and I am never going back. A few years ago, I made Guy Fieri’s Sloppy Joes with Maui Onions recipe and I feel in love! Sure it has a lot of ingredients but after you make it a few times, it doesn’t even matter. You don’t even care about the grit that it took for you to make Sloppy Joes from scratch because when you eat the marvelous creation you made, it all becomes worth it. That is the kind of food that I am inspired by and those are the kind of dishes that I hope are motivating you that you get from my blog! If so, I have another easy recipe for you to try and fall in love with.
One day I was thinking “Why do we only see Joes in a red sauce”? Is there any other version of this American classic? I am sure there are different ways people like their Joe’s but I came up with an awesome way to shake things up. It is pretty easy actually: all you do is add queso cheese and salsa to your ground beef instead of a can of Manwich. The best part is that you have to serve the Joe’s on a sweet slider bun like Hawaiian Bread! The sandwich can be kind of spicy (depending on the level of heat from the salsa) and the sweetness of the bread just makes everything better! My husband wasn’t too sure about this idea at first, but he went to the kitchen to taste my creation and the next thing I know he was eating out of the pan! He took pieces of bread and was scooping it out of the pan with pieces of bread. I mean who does that?!
And a small voice in the background says, “I do!”
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 lb. ground Italian sausage (or Chorizo)
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 ½ tbsp. taco seasoning
- 15 oz. queso cheese
- ½ c. salsa
- 1 jalapeno de-seeded and diced
- 10-12 Sweet Slider Rolls
- Tortilla Strips
- In a large saute pan on medium high heat, add the ground beef, ground sausage, diced jalapeno and cook until the meat is browned while using a spatula to break the ground meat into small chunks. Drain the ground meat to remove the excess oil and return to the pan.
- Season the meat with taco seasoning and oregano. Stir until well mixed. Add the cheese sauce and salsa. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes and serve on slider buns with tortilla strips or desired toppings.