Sloppy Joes are often a quick, go-to meal your family undoubtedly loves, but are you ready for a change? Then give this tasty revamped version a try. With its tasty chicken and Tex-Mex flavour, your family is sure to request it again and again!
Tex-Mex chicken Sloppy Joes
Serving size 6–8
1-1/2 pounds (approximately 680 grams) of ground chicken
1 Anaheim pepper, seeded and minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 a medium onion, diced
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1-1/2 cups medium chunky-style salsa
1 (398-millilitre) can of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Vegetable or olive oil
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, and cook for about 10–12 minutes or until cooked through. Stir often, and use a spatula or spoon to break up the meat.
Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
In the same skillet, heat 2 more tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add the Anaheim pepper, garlic, onion, celery and red pepper. Sauté the mixture, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender.
Add the salsa, tomato sauce and tomato paste.
Mix in the cumin, chili pepper, cayenne, salt and pepper.
Add 1/4 cup of water, and cook the mixture for about 5 minutes to incorporate the flavours. Stir occasionally.
Mix in the cooked chicken, and simmer over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. Stir often.
Add a generous portion of the chicken mixture to a toasted kaiser roll or ciabatta bun, and serve.
Another idea is to add the chicken-Joe mix to a thick piece of bread, such as Texas toast, and then top it with Monterey Jack cheese and pop it in a hot oven for a few minutes to melt. Serve with sweet potato fries or a bean-and-corn salad.
While this recipe is moderately spicy, it's easy to modify the heat level to suit your taste. If you prefer something that's still flavourful but without as much of a spicy kick, simply replace the medium salsa with a mild version, or for an even milder flavour, substitute in drained diced tomatoes. If you like the heat and want to turn it up a notch, switch the Anaheim pepper with a minced jalapeno pepper, or replace the medium salsa with hot.