Sloppy Joes with radish-cucumber salad
20 – 30 Minutes
These family-friendly ground beef sandwiches get a fun south-of-the-border twist from mild green chiles and crushed roasted tomatillos.
- 1 pound ground beef
- Sloppy Joe seasoning blend (Worcestershire sauce - tomato paste - granulated garlic - cumin - coriander - chili powder)
- ¼ cup diced mild green chiles
- 3 ounces crushed tomatillos
- 4 whole wheat buns
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- 2 limes
- ½ pound Savoy cabbage
- 2 or 3 red radishes
- 1 cucumber
- 1 avocado
- 3 or 4 sprigs fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup pickled jalapeños (optional)
Who Was Joe?
And why was he so sloppy? Our favorite story goes, José Abeal y Otero ran a bar in Havana, Cuba, where he earned the nickname Sloppy Joe for his lack of tidiness, and served the sandwiches to regulars like Ernest Hemingway. Lore has it Hemingway himself introduced them to the United States.
Prep and cook the beef
- Cut a small corner from the ground beef packaging and drain off any excess liquid. Transfer to a plate and pat dry with a paper towel.
While the beef cooks, prepare the buns.
Toast the buns and melt the cheese
Prep the salad ingredients
- Juice the limes.
- Cut away any core from the cabbage; thinly slice the cabbage.
- Trim the ends from the radishes. Cut the radishes in half, then cut the halves into thin half-moons.
- Peel the cucumber, if desired, and trim off the ends; cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then crosswise into ¼-inch-thick half-moons.
- Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit, scoop out the flesh, and cut the flesh into ¼-inch-thick slices.
- Coarsely chop the cilantro.
Dress the salad
- Put the cheese on the buns.
- Juice the limes.
- Dress the salad.
- Serve the meal.
- Clear the table.
Nutrition per serving: Protein: 33g (66% DV), Fiber: 11g (44% DV), Total Fat: 35g (54% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 11g (55% DV), Cholesterol: 100mg (33% DV), Sodium: 740mg (31% DV), Carbohydrates: 41g (14% DV), Total Sugars: 9g, Added Sugars: 0g (0% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat.
Contains: milk, wheat, soy, eggs, fish (in the Worcestershire sauce).