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West Coast Snappy Joes

Meet my California-inspired sloppy Joe. Load it up with whatever toppings you like, or pour the filling over noodles. It's incredible on mac and cheese. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup soft sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeno peppers
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • Optional toppings: Chopped avocado, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onions

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, jalapenos, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, steak seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns with toppings as desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with sun-dried tomatoes that are ready-to-use without soaking. When using other sun-dried tomatoes that are not oil-packed, cover with boiling water and let stand until soft. Drain before using.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich (calculated without optional toppings): 288 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 575mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.

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  • jstowellsupermom
    May 3, 2016

    Great sandwich! Tons of flavor - whole family loved it!

  • CarrieBerry4Chad
    Sep 12, 2015

    We enjoyed this different take on sloppy Joes. We definitely thought it was much better with avocado, cheese and sour cream.

  • chickluvs2cook
    Jul 6, 2014

    Nice twist on the normal sloppy joe. Tons of flavor!