Picadillo Sloppy Joes

Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr  

Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 323
  • Fat: 10.7g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g
  • Protein: 20.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 34.5g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 46mg
  • Iron: 4.6mg
  • Sodium: 498mg
  • Calcium: 142mg


  • 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


  1. 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. 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. 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.

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