Lazy, hazy days

Posted by Anita on 06.30.08 8:23 AM

(c)2008 AEC **all rights reserved**One day last week, the temperature hit a high of 87° — the kind of heat-wave that sends San Franciscans screaming from our un-air-conditioned homes straight to the nearest mall or cinema. Just two days later, the overnight low was 49°; close the windows, crank up the furnace.

Combine the wacky weather with the unsettling haze from dozens of wildfires, and you’ve got a recipe for doldrums. We cooked at home 4 nights last week, but it felt like work every time. The meal we’d planned as our One Local Summer supper — glazed lamb spareribs — turned out odd and ugly, completely unworthy of photographs, much less a post.

Luckily, we had an ace in the hole planned for mid-week. Our meat CSA has given us a surplus of ground beef. Throw it in a skillet with a hunk of Fatted Calf chorizo, a couple of the season’s first peppers from Happy Quail, a jar of homemade tomato sauce, and some local onions and garlic: Voilá, instant Sloppy Joes. Paired with a side of bacon-lashed coleslaw, we had ourselves a perfectly fabulous — and 100%-local — quick summer meal. Not glamorous, but definitely delicious.

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San Francisco Sloppy Joes
1 pound Mexican-style chorizo
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 whole Anaheim chiles, fresh or canned (or other mild green chiles)
2 cups tomato sauce
1 T ground red chile, or more to taste
salt and pepper
hamburger buns
shredded cheddar cheese and diced raw onion for garnish, if desired

One Local Summer 2008If using fresh chiles, roast over an open flame or under the broiler, turning to cook all sides until black and blistered. Place charred chiles in a paper bag and roll the top tightly to steam; set aside. If using canned chiles, drain and rinse two large whole chiles and set aside.

Saute the chorizo in a large skillet over medium heat until browned. Remove the meat from the pan to a large bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving the rendered fat in the skillet. Saute the beef in the chorizo fat, breaking up large chunks. When mostly cooked, add the onion and garlic and cook a minute or two until translucent. Return the beef to the pan, and add the tomato sauce and red chile. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer.

If using fresh chiles, peel the charred skins off the steamed chiles; do not rinse. Cut the chiles (canned or roasted) into 1/2-inch pieces, and stir into the simmering meat mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced to a spoonable thickness.
Serve over toasted hamburger buns, garnished with shredded cheese and/or raw onions.

cooking, locavore, meat, One Local Summer



Comment by Jennifer Hess

Mmmmmmmmmm. I haven’t had Sloppy Joes in AGES, and these sound fantastic. I love the addition of chorizo in there. I’m inspired!

Posted on 06.30.08 at 9:44AM

Comment by Lisa (Show Me Vegan)

I’m a collector of sloppy joes recipes. The chorizo and green chiles are great additions. I veganize mine by using TVP or lentils, and could use soyrizo. Thanks for the idea.

Posted on 07.01.08 at 5:18AM

Comment by dawn

I’m with you. Sometimes during the heat of summer I get cravings for those rich, comfort foods. These look so tasty, full of flavor. Thanks for sharing.

Posted on 07.01.08 at 5:56AM

Comment by Modified mummy

That sounds delicious!

I’m very new to Sloppy Joes. It’s not a dish I had ever seen or eaten here (England) but I knew of it, due to the excessive americanised TV I used to watch as a child. Finally got to make some the other week.

I hope my family are ready for it again after reading this!

Posted on 07.01.08 at 12:24PM

Comment by RebeccaC

My goodness that sounds delicous. Chicago goes through the same weird weather — I’ll have to keep this recipe in my back pocket for our next cold spell. Yum!

Posted on 07.01.08 at 1:11PM

Comment by Dr. Biggles

Yeah !!!

I wish my boys would eat something with flavors in it.


Posted on 07.01.08 at 1:56PM

Comment by Becky

the sloppy joes look great! i don’t remember the last time i had one. yum.

Posted on 07.01.08 at 4:18PM

Comment by Erinn

Sloppy Joes remind me of my childhood, but these, I will admit sound a bit fancier then the ones I’m used to (sorry Mom!) Sometimes “unglamorous” food is just what fits the bill.

Posted on 07.01.08 at 5:18PM

Comment by Kirsten

I must admit, that I have never heard about Sloppy Joes. And we don’t have something similar in Germany! Time to taste it!

Posted on 07.01.08 at 11:40PM

Comment by Tartelette

Count me in as new to Sloppy Joes people but I like them and I like yours even better!

Posted on 07.02.08 at 10:53PM

Comment by Risamay

I can’t stop looking at your Sloppy Joe pictures. Particularly the up close and personal shot with the shredded cheese. I wish I had that guy in my hand, right now. I know it’s only 9:34 am. But somewhere in the world it’s dinnertime!

Posted on 07.07.08 at 9:35AM

Comment by Laura

I have been waiting and waiting to make these and I think tomorrow is the night. I picked up chorizo at the local butcher a couple of weeks ago and every time I open the freezer it shouts at me “Make Anita’s sloppy joes you fool!”

It has won, I can resist no longer. Thanks for the recipe.

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Comment by From Me To You

This was so delicious!!! I loved the roasted pepper! We used it for our Dinner & A Movie series and I will make it again! Thanks for sharing!

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