Let’s talk kid-friendly meals for a minute, okay?
I have only a very small rotation of meals that Doodle will eat without turning up his nose, deeming it “gross,” or deciding that he is “not hungry.” These meals basically include: spaghetti, tacos, grilled (plain) chicken, Tilapia, and…Sloppy Joes.
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge Sloppy Joe fan. However, since I live with a picky 5-year old and a husband who likes to eat meat, I’ve had no choice but to convert. But I’m not caving in to the traditional, boring old Joe. Nope, if I’m making something that’s basically ground beef and tomato sauce…well, I’ve got to up the ante.
Tex-Mex style it is!
If you like bacon and jalapeño, and the smoky flavors of chili powder, cumin and coriander, then this is the sandwich for you! Give this version a try the next time you want to jazz up your usual weeknight rotation.
And…if you have any (picky) kid-friendly meals, please link ’em up below!
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- optional: Fritos, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos, red onion
- In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Add the ground beef to the pan and brown over medium high heat. Add bacon, onion, jalapeno, garlic, and spices to the ground beef. Cook until the onion is softened, approximately 5 minutes.
- Combine tomato sauce, broth, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, vinegar and hot sauce in a medium bowl. Pour over the beef mixture and simmer until the liquid reduces slightly, about 5 minutes.
- Spoon beef mixture onto hamburger buns or rolls, and garnish if desired.