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Chief Longwind Of The North

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I can't call this recipe Sloppy Joes, as it's not that. So, I'm gonna call it a Sloppy John Sandwich.

The Sloppy John, though similar to a Sloppy Joe, has little bite-sized chunks of meat, put together with a rich, savory sauce, dark red kidney beans, and a mixture of fresh peppers, chili powder, and brown sugar (not enough to make it sweet, just to give it more depth. Here's how we make it.

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 lb. lean ground beef
  • 3/4 lb. ground pork
  • 1 shallot. rustic dice
  • 1 medium yellow onion, rustic dice
  • 1 poblano pepper, small dice
  • 1 Anaheim pepper, small dice
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 12 oz. chopped tomato
  • 2 tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked, dark red kidney beans, with can liquor
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. mustard seed 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 medium, orange sweet pepper, coarsely chopped
  • t tbs. avocado, or sunflower oil

Mix together pork and beef. Fold in the veggies.
Heat oil over medium heat in Dutch oven. Add the herbs, and spices. tir until fragrant. Add the meat, and brown, breaking into little bite sized chunks. When the meat is browned, add the vinegar, brown sugar, kidney beans, and tomato products. Stir to mix well. Simmer to reduce the liquid until a thick sauce is formed. Serve on buttered multi-grain bread. And a side of cold pineapple, or watermelon spears.

Tip: You can sub out the beef, or pork for ground chicken, or turkey, or with venison, or other wild game. If you really want to take this over the top, make meat patties, and grill the over hot coals until done. Then break up the patties into the remaining ingredients.

Seeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
 
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