This evening I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make Sloppy Joes or Taco Filling, so decided to combine the two into a kicked-up version of Sloppy Joes with a little South of the Border inspiration. It was quick, easy, and flavorful. It was also packed with protein and lower in fat because I used lentils in place of extra meat. I made it with ground venison, but you could easily use lower-fat beef or other ground meat. Dinner in a hurry, anyone?
by A Chat Over Coffee
What You’ll Need:
- one cup of dry brown lentils
- a tablespoon or two of cooking oil (needed for very lean meat like venison, maybe not needed for beef or other meats)
- 1 pound ground venison (or other lean ground meat)
- 4 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 2 dashes ground red pepper (or to taste)
- 2 14.5 oz cans salsa style fire roasted tomatoes
What to Do:
- In a medium sauce pot, cook the lentils in boiling water until the lentils are soft, then drain the lentils.
- In a larger pot, cook the meat (in the oil, if needed) until browned and crumbled. Add the lentils and spices and stir to thoroughly combine.
- Add the tomatoes and stir to thoroughly combine. Simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors marry.
- Serve on toasted buns. Makes enough filling for approximately 12 sandwiches.
Taco Joes go together quickly and the ingredients are things I routinely keep in my pantry. If you’re looking for something healthier and family-friendly for supper, this is a yummy option!
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