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Mexican Sloppy Joe’s

Mexican Sloppy Joe's

Who doesn’t like a good ol’ Sloppy Joe? Not this gal! This one just has a really good kick, in the pants!

It’s good to be in Colorado today. We have had the perfect Fall weather. Sunny, high 70’s to low 80’s, the leaves have stayed on the trees for an extra long time but for the past few days it got cold! We needed this to give us a reality check to remind us that we actually do have a few not so perfect days in our state. But today, it’s back to normal, cool and sunny. So nice, not a cloud in the sky! With all our perfect temperatures that we have had lately and a Halloween that the kiddo’s didn’t have to wear a parka under their costumes (it seems to always snow on Halloween here, a running joke in CO), the adults didn’t have to adjust the “cocktails” in their cups for trick or treating, the rest of us Halloween party goers got to go out without bundling up either! It was a super fun night. I even got Uber without having to wait forever! So the best South Denver Halloween party happens to be put on each year by some good friends. My friends go all out and decorate their home to the 9’s. It probably takes them a few weeks to put it all together. I love it because the only decorations in my house are a few Christmas ornaments so it’s fun to visit homes that are way more festive than my house will ever be. Someone has to do it, right? Glad it’s not me! (Ha). Halloween this year was fun. Some cocktails, some candy, great conversation and hanging out with about 100 people. I even dressed up for the second year in a row. NOLA last year, house party this year. Crazy, I know!

So when we were kids, my Mom always filled us up before trick or treating with “Manwich’s”. Fast forward thirty five years, I’d be hard pressed to eat any meal out of a can. With the thoughts of Sloppy Joe’s and Halloween on my mind, I decided to come up with something that brought back memories. Mexican Sloppy Joe’s were born. First off, what a great week night meal. You make it in one pan and there is hardly any clean up! My kind of dinner. These definitely have a kick to them so if you like your food a little less spicy, go for the mild Rotel tomatoes and only one chipotle pepper and if you like it more spicy, well, you know what to do! These turned out better than expected and will be making again soon! I even added a warmed up big scoop of the Sloppy Joe meat and put it on a salad with ranch dressing and some tortilla chips! Yum. Gluten free version! LOL! Hey, this would be great for your next football party or use the mixture for some kick butt nachos. Who would know that Sloppy Joe’s could be so versatile! Give it a try, I think I’ll have another…


Mexican Sloppy Joe’s
Recipe Type: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Heather Blake
So much better than out of a can!
  • olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound chorizo sausage
  • 1 cup onion, diced small
  • 1 tbs garlic, minced
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers, minced
  • 2 tbs adobo sauce from pepper can
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 cup katsup
  • Hamburger buns
  1. Coat the bottom of a large saute pan with olive oil and heat up on a medium high. Add the onions and cook until translucent (about 3-4 minutes). Add the garlic, hamburger and sausage. Cook until the meats are cooked through and crumble with your spatula as it cooks.
  2. Add the chipolte peppers, adobo sauce, cumin, salt, pepper, oregano, tomatoes and katsup. Combine well and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Serve with your favorite hamburger or slider bun.
This recipe is great because you can adjust the heat level to your liking. Add more chipolte peppers if you wish or use the “hot” version of the Rotel tomatoes![br][br]Feel free to use ground beef if you wish. I just wanted to make it a little lighter.

My first Day of the Dead, Dia de Los Muertos, make up job. It was a “job”. It took an hour and a half to paint this on! Fun!

Me and a couple of my friends! This is the kind of “adult” party where everyone dresses up! Tons of creativity that night!

I kissed the Gecko. My life is complete now!

In Colorado, we don’t do shots the “normal” way. We attach shot glasses to a ski and then four people can partake at once. A “Shot-ski”. It’s a skilled maneuver that only special few can manage… HA!

Skilled drinkers here. A Shot-ski in action.

The look on one’s face after a Fireball shot. Priceless…

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