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Picadillo Sloppy Joes

Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr


Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Whip up Picadillo Sloppy Joes in just 40 minutes by grilling the onions, toasting the buns, and preparing the salad all while the beef mixture cooks. Capers and olives add great briny flavor to the sloppy joe mixture, but feel free to omit them.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/4 ounces pitted green olives, chopped (about 12)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can unsalted crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced pickled jalapeño pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 6 (1/2-inch-thick) slices
  • 6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns with sesame seeds
  • 6 small green leaf lettuce leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 323
  • fat 10.7 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 4.9 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 20.8 g
  • carbohydrate 34.5 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 46 mg
  • iron 4.6 mg
  • sodium 498 mg
  • calcium 142 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chopped onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add beef to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in oregano, cumin, and cinnamon; cook 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water and the next 4 ingredients (through tomatoes). Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro, vinegar, and jalapeño.

  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add onion slices to pan; grill 4 minutes on each side. Remove onion from pan. Place buns, cut sides down, on grill pan; grill 1 minute or until toasted.

  3. Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top each with 1/2 cup beef mixture. Divide onion slices evenly among servings; top with top halves of buns.

Cook's Notes

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