From My Kitchen: Sloppy Joe Tacos

As you probably know by now, I’m forever browsing cookbooks and the internet to find new recipes. Unless it’s a holiday meal or a request for a dish from a friend or family member, I always try to cook something I have never tried making before. Every once in a while I come across a recipe from a celebrity chef, and hey, if they didn’t know what they were talking about, they wouldn’t have made it as far as they have, so I take their recipes and advice seriously. One of them is Chef Michael Symon, who is a chef, a restauranteur, and has appeared on numerous TV shows, such as Iron Chef, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and more recently on The Chew. So, when I saw his recipe that combined household favorites like tacos and sloppy joes, I simply had to make it, and try it, and upon a taste test, I had to also pass it on to you.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 TBSP canola oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef (or ground meat of your choice)
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (canned)
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 – tortillas or taco shells
  • toppings of choice: avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, limes, radishes, cabbage, jalapeños

Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the oil. When hot, add the meat, cayenne, cumin and some salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, until the meat is browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Break it up with a Woden soon then add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.

Add the tomatoes, liquid, mustard and sugar to the pan, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Warm the tortillas and/or taco shells. Serve the sloppy Joe mix on the tacos with your favorite toppings (I only used jalepeños and cilantro).

Bon Appétit!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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