Sloppy Joes

This is a satisfying version of an all-American classic sandwich, consisting of minced beef cooked in a spicy tomato sauce often with the addition of kidney beans. According to legend, a cook named Joe at Floyd Angell's café in Sioux City, Iowa, added tomato sauce to his meat sandwiches, and the "sloppy Joe" sandwich was born. And the rest, as they say, is history!

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g raw chorizo, diced
  • 350g lean minced beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small green chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 400g can kidney beans in chilli sauce

TO SERVE:

  • 1 little Gem lettuce, shredded
  • 100g Monterey jack cheese, grated (or similar good melting cheese)
  • handful sliced Jalapeño chillies (optional)
  • 4-6 large wholewheat wraps
  • sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g raw chorizo, diced
  • 350g lean minced beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small green chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 400g can kidney beans in chilli sauce

TO SERVE:

  • 1 little Gem lettuce, shredded
  • 100g Monterey jack cheese, grated (or similar good melting cheese)
  • handful sliced Jalapeño chillies (optional)
  • 4-6 large wholewheat wraps
  • sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over a medium heat and cook the chorizo until it just starts to ooze its oil. Add the minced beef. Stir-fry until the meat starts to brown, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon. Add the onion, green pepper and chilli and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so until the vegetables are beginning to soften.

Step 2

When the vegetables are tender, stir in the tomato puree. Add the honey, mustard, vinegar and sugar and stir until well combined. Add the kidney beans, season to taste and then bring to a simmer and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce is nice and thick.

Step 3

Heat a large non-stick frying pan and heat each wrap for about 10 seconds on each side. Arrange the lettuce down the middle of each wrap and then spoon over the Sloppy Joe mixture. Scatter the grated cheese on top with the Jalapeño chillies, if using. Fold in the ends, then roll up to enclose the filling. Cut in half, arrange on plates and let everyone tuck in!

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over a medium heat and cook the chorizo until it just starts to ooze its oil. Add the minced beef. Stir-fry until the meat starts to brown, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon. Add the onion, green pepper and chilli and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so until the vegetables are beginning to soften.

Step 2

When the vegetables are tender, stir in the tomato puree. Add the honey, mustard, vinegar and sugar and stir until well combined. Add the kidney beans, season to taste and then bring to a simmer and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce is nice and thick.

Step 3

Heat a large non-stick frying pan and heat each wrap for about 10 seconds on each side. Arrange the lettuce down the middle of each wrap and then spoon over the Sloppy Joe mixture. Scatter the grated cheese on top with the Jalapeño chillies, if using. Fold in the ends, then roll up to enclose the filling. Cut in half, arrange on plates and let everyone tuck in!