I used ground turkey in this recipe. I also didn't use the jalapeno, but I used the capers and olives (always have those!). The lettuce helped keep it on the bun, but as sloppy joes go, they were still "sloppy". The grilled onion was a really nice touch. I used about 20 oz of meat, so I made lettuce wraps with the leftover filling, really good! My young boys even liked them.
Picadillo Sloppy Joes
LDombeck Posted: 03/29/14
Markstlmo Posted: 01/27/14
I loved this, I didn't know until I started to write the recipe on a card what my partner deleted. He didn't use cilantro (doesn't like it) capers or olives (thought it would be too salty) or currants (doesn't like them either). You might try it that way because we are making it for the second time tonight (his way) I made him promise to make it the right way next time, we shall see - otherwise it's a good foodies recipe, the spices make it !
eppercival Posted: 01/04/14
This recipe was too time consuming for only marginal taste. Not sure I will make this again, but I will be toasting my hamburger buns and onions on the grill pan again!
MarcyB Posted: 01/05/14
I completely agree with reviewer, eppercival. This recipe has potential, but is pretty time consuming for a dish similar to Sloppy Joes. Although I will use the remainder of the ingredients in other recipes, I also had to purchase currants, capers, and green olives as I did not have them on hand which increased the cost. We did not especially like the combination of flavors, but I am not experienced with other picadillo recipes. It may be that we wouldn't like picadillo much in general. I did enjoy the grilled onions and hamburger buns and think they would be great for other recipes.
promogal Posted: 05/10/14
Won't be making this again. We normally like "picadillo" recipes. This just didn't hit the spot for whatever reason. But a lot of people liked it so don't let me deter you!
TheMomChef Posted: 01/24/14
I'm not sure why this didn't work for everyone else, but our family loved this recipe. The capers, olives and jalapeno bits added so much contrast to the cinnamon and currants. I was concerned about how thin the sauce was so I added a tablespoon of flour, which thickened it right up and kept everything together. I also added a tablespoon of sugar for some balance. It was a huge hit. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/1avsFWd
Cabel0515 Posted: 01/21/14
I expected a little more flavor variety from this recipe. The cinnamon seemed to overpower the olives and capers. I didn't find it particularly time consuming as noted by other reviewers. I had a lot leftover, and am looking forward to using in a version of Cincinnati-style chili or over a hotdog later this week. Next time I would probably reduce the cinnamon and increase the capers and olives. I also found it a bit watery so might reduce the water a bit to keep it a little thicker.