Monday, June 21, 2010

Joey's Sloppy Burritos

About a million years ago, I threw this recipe together, just based on a few items that I happened to have on hand at the time. The result was so yummy and hearty that I've been making it for years. To be honest, I'm kind of surprised that I haven't posted this already.
There's really nothing to it. It's not even a recipe, really. You just make sloppy joes, make some saffron rice, and then mix the two of them together. Easy, right? Serve it up in a burrito and there you have it! Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest, don't you think? I hope you'll give it a try! Oh, and btw, be sure to read the tips after the recipe for serving ideas! Great then.

1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 small onion, chopped
2 regular cans (or one large can) Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce (or any brand)*
1 package Vigo Yellow Spanish Rice (or any other saffron rice mix)*
flour tortillas
sour cream
shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Brown the ground beef in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and continue to saute until onions are soft. Add sloppy joe sauce. Stir until completely combined. Let it simmer over a low heat while you prepare the rice. In another pan with a tight fitting lid,  prepare the rice according to the package directions. When the rice is fully cooked, add it to the pot with the beef and sauce. Mix it until it's well combined. That's all there is to it! Serve it in flour tortillas with sour cream and cheddar cheese.

*I usually don't mention specific brands, but these are the brands that I always use when I make this, so I figured they were worth mentioning.

-Yes, the amounts are correct as listed. Usually when you're buying canned sloppy joe sauce, one regular can is all that is needed for one pound of meat. I added a second can because the rice absorbs some of the sauce.
-You can use regular leftover white rice, but the result won't be quite the same, since you'll be missing all of the saffron and seasonings in the yellow rice mix.
-Be creative! Throw in some diced jalapenos or any other favorite peppers. You could even throw in some black beans, whole kernel corn, or even some sliced ripe olives. YUM.
- I usually serve this wrapped up in a tortilla, but it also makes great nachos. Just arrange a single layer of corn tortilla chips in a baking pan, pour some of the sloppy beef and rice over them, then sprinkle cheese over all. Bake it until the cheese melts and serve it with your favorite nacho toppings. Guacamole anyone?
-Another way to serve it is just in a bowl with cheese melted over it, as you'd serve a bowl of chili, along with any of your favorite chili toppings. Love.

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