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West Coast Snappy Joes

 West Coast Snappy Joes
Meet my California-inspired sloppy Joe. Load it up with whatever toppings you like, or pour the filling over noodles. It's incredible on mac and cheese. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup soft sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeno peppers
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • Optional toppings: chopped avocado, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onions


  • In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat 6-8
  • minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into
  • crumbles; drain.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, jalapenos,
  • tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, steak seasoning and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or
  • until thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns with toppings

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West Coast Snappy Joes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • as desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with sun-dried tomatoes that are ready-to-use without soaking. When using other sun-dried tomatoes that are not oil-packed, cover with boiling water and let stand until soft. Drain before using. Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutritional Facts: 1 sandwich (calculated without optional toppings) equals 288 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 575 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.