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For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient Mexican chorizo. Unlike the Spanish variety, Mexican chorizo is a fresh sausage that requires cooking. In this Southwestern Sloppy Joes recipe it’s browned with garlic and onion and then cooked with tomatoes for a very flavorful and just-as-sloppy rendition as the classic joe. Once your family has a taste, they’ll keep coming back for seconds and thirds — and they might even request this over the classic recipe the next time.
Start by pureeing fresh or canned tomatoes in a blender. Next, melt butter in a saucepan and stir in the onion, bell pepper, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until the onion is golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the chorizo, removed from its casing, and stir to break up the lumps. Cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Add the pureed tomatoes, beer, pickled jalapeno, Worcestershire and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce has thickened and the alcohol has cooked off, about 14 to 18 minutes. Serve on rolls with sour cream and cilantro.
Get the Recipe: Southwestern Sloppy Joes
The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchen that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients from an episode, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!