Monday, 17 January 2011

Sloppy Joes

This is a really tasty recipe that I like to make when I've got some beef mince and bread cakes. Tonight I also made some homemade cheesy nachos.


750g beef mince
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped (I use red peppers from a jar, from 99p Stores)
170g tin of tomato puree (get a tin, not a tube, it's cheaper)
250ml water
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1T chili powder
1t each of paprika, cumin, dried oregano and distilled white vinegar
3T brown sugar
1/2t each salt and ground black pepper

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat saute the beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and red pepper; saute for 5 more minutes or until onion is tender. Drain the fat.
Mix in tomato puree and water, stirring until the puree is dissolved. Stir in garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, vinegar, brown sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Continue to heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stewy.
Split open bread cakes (bread buns, cobs, whatever you call 'em in your neck of the woods) and pile the Sloppy Joe mixture inside. We just have one each and this amount feeds four. Yum yum yum!!!

I also made some cheesy nachos to go with it. Put one pack of Morrisons Value Tortilla Chips onto a baking tray; tip half a jar of salsa over the chips; grate some Cheddar on top. Put into the oven - I have a fan oven that cooks and grills at the same time but really you can just grill them until the cheese is getting all nice and melty. Don't leave them in too long because the chips can burn really quickly.

Most delicious!!!!

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