Giving sloppy Joe a Southwestern flavor

The Baltimore Sun

Consider this dish a Southwestern spin on a sloppy Joe. It's just as easy to make, especially if you buy commercially prepared salsa, refried beans and, of course, the soft flour tortillas.

Use the Mexican variety of hot chorizo, which must be cooked. To crumble the sausage, cut down the casing with a sharp knife and use your fingers to pull out the meat. You can find chorizo at supermarkets and ethnic-food stores.

Ground turkey or ground chicken are lower-fat alternatives to the ground beef.

Bill Daley writes for the Chicago Tribune, which provided the recipe analysis. Beef-Chorizo Tacos

Serves 6 -- Total time: 35 minutes

2 tablespoons oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound ground beef

1 link hot chorizo, crumbled

1 each, sliced: green bell pepper, yellow onion

1 cup salsa

1 can (16 ounces) refried beans

12 flour tortillas, warmed

1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

Heat the oil in skillet over medium-high heat; cook garlic until golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the ground beef and chorizo; cook until meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer meat with a slotted spoon to a large bowl; set aside.

Remove all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the skillet. Cook the green pepper and onion until soft, about 8 minutes. Return meat to the skillet; stir in the salsa. Lower heat to simmer; cook 5 minutes.

Spoon beans over half of each tortilla; spoon ground-beef mixture on top. Sprinkle with cheese and cilantro. Fold tortillas over the filling to eat.

Per serving: 726 calories, 33 grams fat, 11 grams saturated fat, 85 milligrams cholesterol, 69 grams carbohydrate, 37 grams protein, 1,570 milligrams sodium, 9 grams fiber

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