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Recipe For Mexican Sloppy Joe Sandwich With Carnitas

'Wich of the Week: Sloppy Jose

Food often tastes better on camping trips; it takes so much effort to make that I'm usually starving by the time I eat. Because I first tried Trader Joe's carnitas while roughing it, I had to revisit this tasty pork at home. Dare I say, it was better than I remembered. The fully cooked Mexican-style pork is easy to prepare — warmed in a saucepan with TJ's red mole sauce — but I wanted to expand its horizons.Naturally, I thought, "sandwich!" and imagined piling the pork onto soft bread with avocado, salsa, and cheese. Then I realized that the smoky, sweet flavor of the carnitas and mole reminds me of Sloppy Joes. Thus, the Sloppy Jose was born. To see how it came together,

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Though I used Trader Joe's packaged, cooked carnitas, you could also make the pork from scratch or use homemade mole in place of the jarred product. But if you live near a TJ's, I highly recommend their versions for a quick and easy dinner. I also added brown sugar to my mole to give it a more Midwestern comfort-food flavor.

Sloppy Jose

Sloppy Jose

Sloppy Jose

Ingredients

  1. 6 oz. prepared red mole sauce
  2. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, or more to taste
  4. 1 tablespoon water or broth
  5. 12 oz. fully cooked pork carnitas, cut into bite-size pieces
  6. 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  7. 1 cup shredded lettuce*
  8. 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  9. Half of an avocado, cut into thin slices
  10. 1/4 cup salsa

Directions

  1. In a saucepan over low heat, combine the mole sauce, brown sugar, hot sauce, and water or broth; heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. To the saucepan, add carnitas and stir to coat. Cook slowly over low heat for 10 minutes or until fully heated through, stirring occasionally and breaking up the pork.
  3. To make each sandwich, place 1/4 cup shredded lettuce on the bottom bun, then top with carnitas. Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese over the pork, then lay a few slices of avocado over the cheese. Top with a spoonful of salsa, and place the top of the bun over the stack of ingredients to serve.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

*I used red leaf lettuce. However any other cool, crunchy lettuce (iceberg, romaine, etc) would be delicious.


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MandyWH MandyWH 9 years
OMG, just tried these tonight -- SO good. Words cannot express.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I want these!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
Inspired!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
That looks simply divine.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
that looks like a torta my favorite torta de milanesa is the best, btw that sandwhich looks delicious
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 9 years
I could dive into this sandwich. The picture makes it look big enough to do that! I love pulled pork, southern style, so I am sure that I would like this sandwich from an even more southerly source.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 9 years
I have GOT to try this!! I will have to make the pork from scratch though, no Trader Joe's here in PA (that I know of, anyways)
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
My mom loves these carnitas. Best quick tacos ever with some tortillas, avocado and salsa YUMMY in my TUMMY!
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
YUM! I will have to give those carnitas a try!
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