Monday 18 July 2011


Food that has a natural "come and get it" approachable look tops the list in appetite attraction. Although chef prepared perfect food has its audience, the appeal of relaxed, homey and familiar food has more connection to most. 

The imperfect, unkempt presentation of this dish is its strong point. The fact that the filling overshoots the buns gives it a high score on the drool-o-meter. This is my Philippine-Hispanic version of the American sloppy Joe. I cooked it Filipino style, based on a popular bread filling called giniling which simply means minced (meat). It is sautéed minced pork with tomato sauce, potatoes and raisins. 

I've made a few innovations to add more excitement to an already delicious dish. I've made the minced pork filling with chorizo instead of potatoes for a Hispanic twist and used sultanas instead of raisins. Redcurrant jelly added at the end gave it a sweet tangy flavour. It has a bolder flavour than sloppy Joe so I served it on rustic bread rolls instead of soft buns. Ciabata or panini would be good substitutes. To continue the Hispanic theme, patatas bravas (the Spanish tapas staple of fried potatoes with a spicy dressing) is served on the side. Together, the two dishes make a such a delicious and satisfying meal.


2 tbsps. olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 medium onions, chopped
500 gms. minced pork
1/2 c. chopped chorizo
1 tbsp. paprika
1/4 c. sultanas
1 1/2 tbsps. tomato paste
1/4 c. sherry
3/4 c. water
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tbsps. redcurrant jelly or 1 tbsp. sweet pickle relish
2 tsps. corn flour dipersed in 1/2 c. water


Saute the garlic and onions in the 2 tbsps. of olive oil until the onions are soft and translucent. 

Add the minced pork, chorizo and paprika. Saute until the pork is browned and the mixture is dry. 

Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the corn flour slurry, and simmer for 20 minutes. You have to watch this and stir occasionally. It tends to catch because of the sugar and the sultanas. You may add more water, 1/2 c. at a time, stirring well to deglaze the pan each time. A caramelized sauce is what we are aiming for so don't add too much liquid at once as it will dilute the flavour. 

At the end of 20 minutes, if the meat is already tender, turn the heat up to reduce the remaining sauce. Make a slurry with the water and corn flour and add to the pan while stirring. Add the redcurrant jelly if using. This only needs to come up to the boil and thicken, then its done. 

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  1. That looks so yummy! And the name is hilarious... At first, I thought it was a typo, but as I read on, it made perfect sense :) LOL... Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. OH I love it!!! What a great combination! This brings me back to my childhood! This recipe is so great for adults who crave the sloppy joe's!! But in this case Sloppy Jose!

  3. Love the name, and the dish looks wonderful too.

  4. This is amazing - too funny, since never heard of this name before but it looks SO good!

  5. Adora it is lunch time now and I am soooo hungry. Seeing your sloppy jose make me even more hungry! I love the fries and they will no doubt be really good together.

  6. That's the prettiest sloppy joe I've ever seen! Looks SO delicious!! :)

  7. As Kelly says, it is a great looking sloppy joe. Make a great summer lunch!

    Have a nice Tuesday :)

  8. I can't post to your blog on Foodbuzz so I have gone into your website.
    Great fusion dish here-looks a lot more flavorful than the standard sloppy joe-Yum!

  9. That's a nice variation to the sloppy joe. I like the bold flavors. It looks delicous!

  10. what a great take on a classic! I love the changes you made to this delicious sandwich,the chorizo must have made it oh so flavorful!
    I love the name....too cute!

  11. This looks so delicious! I just bought a total of 12(!) burger buns this morning for tomorrow's Wild Wild Wet swimming session with my cousin! Think I'll keep some buns for this! :D

  12. Looks so good... My hubby isn't a fan of American Sloppy Joes, but I just might get him to try these! Thanks!

  13. I love it! Sloppy Jose! Clever name - and it looks delicious! I particularly like the sultanas added into it!

  14. LOL, the name Sloppy Jose made me chuckle! Such a great take on the regular Joes...and those patata bravas look delicious too, I can happily eat a plate all by myself, Adora!

  15. Oh I love this! The pictures are stunning :)

  16. sloppy "jose" with sultanas...i am intrigued. sounds like a great combination of ingredients :)

    -Abeer @

  17. I knew it! I came to your site, saw the picture, went straight to Foodbuzz Top9, BINGO! This picture is on Top 9! Congratulations Adora! HMMMM!!! This is delicious! Although I had heard about the name sloppy joe and seen some pictures, I've never had tried one before. Your Jose version looks delicious. Congrats again!

  18. Congratulations on FB Top 9! Looks fabulous and tempting...

  19. looks so yummy! congrats on top 9!

  20. Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9 again! Your Sloppy Jose deserves it! :)

  21. This looks like an awesome recipe. I have only ever had plain jane Sloppy Joe from a can before but everything in this version is calling out to try! :D

  22. Congrats on top 9 for these. So yummy!

  23. Those look great! I love the addition of chorizo, those sound like a great replacement for plain joes


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