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Mexican-Style Sloppy Joes

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Make this "taco on a bun" as zesty as you want, depending on the salsa's kick.


  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, optional
  • 6 French rolls, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce (preferably green leaf or romaine)
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 6 tablespoons shredded low-fat cheddar cheese

How to Make It

  1. Drain beans, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid in a small bowl, and rinse.

  2. In a medium skillet, brown garlic and beef over moderate heat for approximately 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in chili powder, beans, liquid, and cumin (if desired); simmer for 3 minutes.

  3. Hollow out the roll halves and toast lightly. Divide the shredded lettuce and the beef and bean mixture evenly among the bottom halves of the rolls; top each with 2 tablespoons of salsa and 1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese. Cover with top halves of rolls and serve.

  4. How kids can help: Fill rolls with beef and bean mixture. Top with salsa, then with cheese; cover with top halves of rolls.