Did any of you notice the Tex Mex Sloppy Joe Sandwich posted by “The Homesick Texan” a few weeks ago?  The photo alone made my mouth water.  Most Sloppy Joes are ketchup based and sweetened with brown sugar but this Joe was put together with a tomato sauce that was more spicy than sweet.    I altered the spices and changed up the chile a bit to give it a more New Mexican flare.  I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed the flavors we experienced eating this savory sandwich.

To get started you’ll need 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef, 1 poblano chile 1 jalapeno, 2 cloves garlic and 1/2 sweet onion.

The sauce is composed of RoTel original tomato sauce, chicken broth, chipotle puree, paprika, ground ancho chili, Mexican oregano, chile de arbol and worcestershire which I forgot to include in this picture.

Cut a wedge of lime and some cilantro to add at the end.  Set this aside for now.

Place your ground beef in a pan over medium high heat to start browning it.

Add in your onion, poblano and jalapeno peppers and cook until they become soft and translucent.  Traditionally green bell peppers are part of Sloppy Joe’s but I am not a fan and usually sub in a poblano whenever a recipe calls for green bells.

Add your grated garlic last and stir in for a minute more.

Time for the sauce.  I added 2 cans of RoTel original tomato sauce and a tablespoon of chipotle puree. This new RoTel tomato sauce is amazing.

Add a couple tablespoons of ketchup and a couple teaspoons of worcestershire sauce.

Time to spice it up with some paprika, ancho chile, chile de arbol and Mexican oregano.

Pour in a can of chicken broth and simmer while all the flavors combine and the liquids cook down.

While the meat and sauce are simmering it’s time to get out the cheese.  This was my first try with Cotija cheese but I’m a fan now.

The Cotija cheese was easy to crumble with a fork.  It resembles Feta cheese but is milder in taste.

Once the meat has simmered for 15 minutes or so the juices will have cooked down and it’s time to add in the cilantro and lime juice. Stir for a minute or so and salt to taste.

Top with guacamole, crumbled Cotija cheese, and some fresh or pickled jalapeno slices.  Now that’s one tasty sandwich.

New Mex Sloppy Joes (Inspired by Tex Mex Sloppy Joe Sandwich by “The Homesick Texan”)

1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef
1/2 Onion, diced
1 Poblano Chile, seeded and diced
1 Jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 cloves Garlic, grated on a microplane grater
1 tablespoon Chipotle en Adobo, pureed
2 (8 ounce) cans RoTel Original Tomato Sauce
2 tablespoon Ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire
1 (14.5 ounce)  can Chicken Broth
2 teaspoons Paprika
2 teaspoons Ancho Chile, ground
1/4 teaspoon Chile de Arbol, ground
1 teaspoon Mexican Oregano
1/3 cup Cilantro, roughly chopped
Spritz of lime juice
Salt to taste
6 Hamburger Buns
Cotija Cheese, crumbled
Jalapeno Slices, fresh or pickled

Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add diced onion, poblano and jalapeno and continue cooking until vegetables soften and become translucent.  Add grated garlic and stir for a minute more.

Add chipotle puree**, RoTel tomato sauce, ketchup, worcestershire to meat mixture.  Stir in dry spices of paprika, ancho chile, chile de arbol and Mexican oregano.  Pour in the can of chicken broth, turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Stir in cilantro and lime juice.  Salt to taste.

Serve on buns and top with guacamole, crumbled Cotija cheese, and fresh or pickled jalapeno slices.

**To make Chipotle puree, pour can of Chipotle en Adobo into a food processor and pulse until well blended.  Place contents into a snack size zip lock bag, roll into a rectangle and place into the freezer.  A 1/2 inch slice of the frozen chipotlee puree will equal about 1 tablespoon.

Makes 6 servings