1 cup spicy, fruity cola soft drink (such as Dr Pepper)
1/2 cup jarred sliced pepperoncini salad peppers
Ground red pepper
8 hot dog buns or hoagie rolls
How to Make It
Sauté onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are caramel colored.
Add ground beef to skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
Return beef mixture to skillet. Stir in tomato paste and next 2 ingredients, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture thickens and color darkens. Stir in cola and 1/2 cup water, and cook, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from heat, and stir in pepperoncini peppers; add salt and red pepper to taste.
Serve beef mixture immediately on buns with coleslaw.
I made changes or additions as the original recipe was a bit bland. I added 2more garlic cloves, 2 tbs. juice from pepperoncinis, 1 healthy tbs. spicy mustard, increased Dr Pepper and omitted water. It turned out zippy w a sweet finish... but not overly sweet. Will definitely make again w changes.
This recipe originally caught my eye because my son is a picky eater, but he LOVES Dr. Pepper. I did have to make the following changes to the recipe to accomodate his likes and dislikes: I diced a medium sweet onion instead of red onion slices. Omitted the olive oil because I used ground pork instead of ground round (my son won't eat red meat), using ground pork made the need to use 2 T of olive oil unnecessary. I browned the pork and cooked the onions all at the same time. I also omitted the pepperoncini but added 1/4 cup of the juice from a jar of Mt. Olive Kosher Dills with Texas Pete Hot Sauce Flavor. My son LOVED this recipe with the changes I mentioned above, and has asked me to make it TWO more times since I made the first batch. Maybe the addition of the Texas Pete Infused Pickle juice gave it the KICK it needed.
The recipe caught my eye because of the ingredients and I thought it would be worth a try for something quick on a busy night. I made the recipe exactly has written but when test tasted, I felt it was missing something. I added alittle sugar and a bit of heat to increase the flavor.
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