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Spicy Sloppy Joes

Makes: 6 servings Yield: 6 servings + reserves
Prep 20 mins Cook 8 hrs to 10 hrs  (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high)
Spicy Sloppy Joes
Ingredients
  • 2  pounds  lean ground beef
  • 2 16  ounce jars  salsa
  • 3  cups  sliced fresh mushrooms (8 ounces)
  • 1 1/2  cups  shredded carrots (3 medium)
  • 1 1/2  cups  finely chopped red and/or green sweet peppers
  • 1/3  cup  tomato paste
  • 2  teaspoons  dried basil, crushed
  • 1  teaspoon  dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  • 4  cloves garlic, minced
  • 6  kaiser rolls, split and toasted
Directions

1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until brown, stirring to break meat into small pieces. Drain off fat. In a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker, combine cooked beef, salsa, mushrooms, carrots, sweet peppers, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic.

2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

3. Reserve and store* 5 cups of the meat mixture; use for Spicy Beef Taco Salad (see recipe below). Serve remaining meat mixture on toasted kaiser rolls. Makes 6 servings.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • Place meat mixture in an airtight container; seal. Chill for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight before using.
Spicy Beef Taco Salad:
  • In a large saucepan, stir together reserved meat mixture, 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained; 2.25-ounce can sliced pitted ripe olives, drained; and 1 teaspoon Mexican or taco seasoning. Heat to boiling; reduce heat, Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. To serve, place 6 baked crisp salad shells on servings plates; fill with 9 cups torn iceberg lettuce. Add meat mixture. Top with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese; 1 cup chopped tomato; and 1/3 cup dairy sour cream. Makes 6 servings.
  • Nutrition Facts per serving of Spicy Beef Taco Salad: 495 cal., 26 g total fat (10 g sat. fat), 84 mg chol., 1181 mg sodium, 41 g carb., 9 g dietary fiber, 32 g protein.
Nutrition Facts (Spicy Sloppy Joes)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 294,
  • Fat, total (g) 8,
  • chol. (mg) 36,
  • sat. fat (g) 3,
  • carb. (g) 37,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 3,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 3,
  • sugar (g) 5,
  • pro. (g) 18,
  • vit. A (IU) 1798,
  • vit. C (mg) 25,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 5,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 65,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 756,
  • Potassium (mg) 369,
  • calcium (mg) 81,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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