Frugal Foodie Mama: Chipotle Sloppy Joes

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Chipotle Sloppy Joes

A few weeks ago I was trying to come up with a little something to do with the ground hamburger I had thawed in the fridge.  Initially, I was going to just make cheeseburgers.  Safe, right?  Then I started thinking Sloppy Joes.  But I wanted Sloppy Joes with a kick, not the usual plain old weeknight Joes.  
I may have a mild obsession with chiles in adobo sauce.  I find whatever excuse I can to make a recipe using them.  I adore the sweet smokiness of chipotle.  (Go check out my recipe for Small Batch Chipotle Salsa and Five Spiced Adobo Crock Pot Chicken Thighs if you don't believe me. ;) )  So, I thought why not Chipotle Sloppy Joes??  I kept some of the traditional sweetness of a regular Sloppy Joe, but added a nice spicy, smoky kick.

What you will need:
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
10 oz can of Rotel, pureed
1 lb of ground beef
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp of pureed chiles in adobo (or 1 adobo cube- see how I freeze leftover chiles in adobo HERE)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
3-4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
a few dashes of ground cloves
salt & pepper, to taste

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the olive oil, and then the chopped onion.  Saute for 2-3 minutes until tender.  Add the ground beef and cook until browned.  Season with salt and pepper.

Pour in the pureed chiles in adobo sauce, the pureed Rotel, the tomato paste, brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and cloves.  Mix well, and simmer for about 15 minutes. 

Serve on fresh hamburger buns.  I topped my joe with a nice dollop of sour cream to cut the spiciness a bit.  It would also be excellent topped with a few slices of avocado.  

What is your favorite recipe that is a little out of the ordinary using ground hamburger? :)