Sunday, February 21, 2016

Slow Cooker Tammy Joes

     Did you ever have an ingredient sitting around the house that you never seem to use? Something that sits in the cabinet mocking you. Something that makes you wonder what you were drinking that day? My ingredient is a jar of Tamicon Tamarind Paste. I bought it thinking it was Tamari. I finally decided I'd use it in a riff on the classic Sloppy Joe. The end result was surprisingly good. It was was sweet, savory and spicy, but not too much of any one of those. I have to think the tamarind isn't going to be a taste that everybody is going to love, but it's totally worth the try for something different. If you try it, let me know if you like it. If you don't, you probably did something wrong. As always, notes are in blue.
Tammy Joes

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (10.75 ounce) tomato soup
  • 1 bag (14 ounces) mixed frozen onions, green and red peppers, defrosted (if you don't have access to the frozen, use chop one onion, one green and one red bell peppers)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate (panipuri paste) (you're not likely to have this laying around the house. I got mine from a local Indian grocer. Amazon carries the brand I use) 
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. In a pan, brown the ground beef. Drain the excess oil. Put in a slow cooker.
  2. Sautee the vegetables in the pan you used for the ground beef. Add them to the slow cooker. (if you're feeling lazy, you can just throw them directly in the cooker without the sautee)
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir to incorporate.
  4. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours.
  5. Serve on a bun, with nachos, or over egg noodles or rice.
Good times!

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