sloppy jose! (cuban sloppy joe)

sloppy jose! (cuban sloppy joe)

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Sloppy Joe's are saucy, hearty and easy to prepare! But you can also make this comfort food dish with a little Cuban flare. After all, seasoned ground beef is also known as picadillo! 

sauteed onions garlic cuban sloppy joe sloppy jose

As with just about every Cuban dish, the first step is to make a sofrito. Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil.

ground beef in sauteed onions and garlic sloppy jose joe cuban

When the onions and garlic are translucent add the ground beef. Break it up with a wooden spatula as it cooks.

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Add tomato paste, red pimientos, apple cider vinegar and some spices and now you've got yourself a traditional picadillo. Top it off with a splash of vermouth!

cuban french bread loaf cuban sloppy jose joe

If it's a Sloppy Jose it's got to be served on a loaf of Cuban bread. It isn't always easy to find one unless you're in Miami, so a soft French loaf will do the trick.

cuban sloppy joe sloppy jose

Serve the beef over the bread and top with scallions, avocado or cilantro. That's my favorite way to plate it! Of course, always with a side of plantain chips! Pitted green olives and golden raisins are optional, but they're very commonly used in this dish.


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Paula on

I made for a weeknight dinner. My boys loved it! I added some chorizo, Frank’s Hot Sauce and doubled the pimento. Served with some coleslaw on the side. Thanks for a quick and tasty meai!

Jim on


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