Sloppy Chipotle Joes

Aired January 8, 2009

2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, grated or finely chopped
1 chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped, plus 1 tablespoon of the sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
4 soft rolls or Kaiser rolls, split
1 avocado, pitted and sliced (optional)

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Once hot, add the ground sirloin and cook for about 4-5 minutes, breaking it up with a potato masher or the back of a spoon as it browns.

Add the onion, red bell pepper, garlic, chipotle pepper and sauce, and cook, stirring every now and then for 3-4 minutes, until the onions and peppers start to get a little tender.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, Worcestershire, tomato sauce. Add the sauce to the skillet and season everything with a little salt and pepper, to taste. Bring up to a bubble and simmer until nice and thick, about 3-4 minutes.

To serve, divide the mixture between the split rolls and top each with a few slices of avocado.

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