Monday, October 12, 2009

Chili Beef Sliders

Chili is a fall favorite but it's kinda hard to do when you don't have chili beans on hand - oops! So to improvise, I decided to make a chili beef sliders, which is really just a version of sloppy joes. What I like about this recipe is the little kick of spice and heat that's balanced with the sweetness of the tomato sauce. You can use your preferred chili powder in this recipe or make one with spices you might already have on hand (which yields 2 tablespoons, perfect for the following recipe)...

Chili Powder Recipe
recipe adapted from
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons garlic powder

Combine all ingredients; store in an airtight container.

Chili Beef Sliders
inspired by Urban Accents

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb ground beef (80/20)
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
dinner rolls, split

In a skillet, heat up oil and when hot, add the garlic and onions. Saute until softened.

Crumble the ground beef into the skillet and brown.

Once the beef has browned, add the tomato sauce, sugar and chili powder. Stir and allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Scoop onto the dinner roll bottoms, top with the dinner roll tops and serve.