Chipotle Sloppy Joes with Crunchy Coleslaw

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20140613-215314-78794834.jpgI  have a serious problem when it comes to this recipe, and it’s called a-d-d-i-c-t-i-o-n!  The smoky flavors of the sloppy joe mixture combined with the creamy/crunchy texture of the coleslaw are just heavenly.  I often double this recipe and prepare it in my cast iron skillet, served as a dip with tortilla chips.  My kids go crazy over it served this way, most likely because they don’t have to eat the slaw; that is fine by me, I’ll be glad to eat their share.  This recipe originated from – adapted slightly. 

1 lb. ground beef, 95% lean
¼ cup chopped onion
½ tsp. ground cumin
¾ cup ketchup
½ cup frozen corn
½ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup tomato sauce
1-2 tsp. minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted


Crunchy Coleslaw
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2-3 Tbs. light mayonnaise
1 Tbs. cider vinegar
juice and zest of 1 lime
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
12 – 16 oz. package coleslaw mix (the package vary in size depending on the grocer)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/8″ thick strips
To prepare crunchy coleslaw, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a mixing bowl; add coleslaw mix, carrots and bell pepper, tossing to coat.  Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper, as desired.  Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.
Heat your favorite (large) cast iron skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add ground beef,  onion and cumin; cook  10-12 minutes, breaking into ¾ inch crumbles and stirring occasionally until cooked throughout.  Drain fats, then stir in ketchup, corn, beans, tomato sauce, and chipotle peppers; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring often.  Stir in cilantro; season to taste with salt and black pepper.
To serve, place beef mixture onto bottom half of each bun; top with coleslaw.  Close sandwiches with top bun, or serve open-faced. Or, serve as a Sloppy Joe Bowl by placing sloppy joe mixture into individual serving bowls, topped with prepared coleslaw.
Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli

Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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