When most people think of Sloppy Joes, they think of Manwich. You know, “the taste that makes everyone smile.”
And while I have most certainly eaten a Manwich before, I don’t think it’s been since middle school.
Picadillo Sloppy Joes require a little more work than just opening up a can and mixing with cooked ground beef but the result is insane.
I literally have never tasted a Sloppy Joe this delicious in my life. But I’m not really sure I’ve ever had a gourmet Sloppy Joe.
If a gourmet Sloppy Joe exists, this is it.
Since I keep a fairly well stocked kitchen, I had almost all of the pantry ingredients on hand.
Ground beef is browned in a sauteed mixture of onions and garlic. Then comes the flavor. A spice mixture of cinnamon, cumin and oregano is added to the mixture and the aroma fills the room. Once the spices wake-up (cook for a minute or so), crushed tomatoes, raisins (instead of currants), capers and olives are added. The capers and olives add a wonderful briny flavor. After that simmers for 20 minutes, cilantro, pickled jalapeno and red wine vinegar finishes the Sloppy Joe mixture.
The mixture is served on a bun with Bibb lettuce, complete with grilled red onions. A sandwich fit for a king.
Not only was this sandwich delicious but it was incredibly sloppy. Be prepared – you’ll need two napkins. And perhaps a fork.
I’m sorry, Manwich. It’s not you, it’s me.