Cuban Style Sloppy Joes

If you haven't had a Sloppy Joe recently, you must make this old favorite with its slightly sweet but tangy tomato sauce.


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound ground beef chuck

1 cup onion, chopped

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes

3/4 cup canned beef broth

1/4 cup raisins


1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies

4 Kaiser or hamburger rolls, split and toasted under the broiler

2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce

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Heat oil in a large skillet. Add meat and onions. Cook until beef is brown breaking up with a fork as it cooks. Pour off any excess fat. Return to heat and mix in chili powder and cinnamon. Add tomatoes with their juice and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, about 10 minutes, until liquids thicken. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
To serve: Place toasted rolls cut side up on plates. Divide meat mixture between all rolls. Top with sliced romaine.
Serves: 4