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What is it that makes you choose what recipe to make? I know with me, it is usually that there is something that I am craving, or I have a particular ingredient that I need to use up before it goes bad. But sometimes – it’s all in a name. Like Tango Joes. How could you read that and not be interested and want to run right out and make it??

I was going through the April edition of Every Day with Rachael Ray and came across this recipe. If you are familiar with Rachael Ray at all, you know that what she normally does when creating recipes is that she takes a classic recipe and puts a spin on it. So instead of having a normal sloppy joe, a few changes are made and an Argentinian version is created.

I would say this is definitely a grown-up version of the sloppy joe. I don’t have kids, so I can’t say with certainty, but I don’t think they would be the biggest fan of this meal. But older kids and adults would love this!

I have learned a lot from the blogging world in the last year. I have been introduced to many different foods and techniques that I had no idea about before. Chimichurri sauce is one of those. Chimicurri is a popular sauce that originated in Argentina. From what I understand, chimichurri is often as popular in Latin American countries as ketchup is in the United States. This was my first time making it, and I am sold!!

So if you are a chimichurri lover and a sloppy joe lover, this recipe will be right up your alley!

Tango Joes
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An Argentine version of the sloppy joe
Serves: 4 servings
  • ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 2 pounds lean, ground sirloin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 sprigs oregano, leaves removed and roughly chopped
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup (a couple handfuls) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 small, 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 4 Portuguese rolls, toasted (I used ciabatta rolls, because that’s all I could find)
  1. Preheat a large sauté pan over high heat with 3 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 3 tablespoons. Cook the ground sirloin until browned, 7-8 minutes. Once the meat is brown, season it with salt and pepper.
  2. While the meat is browning, add the oregano, thyme, parsley, garlic and onion to a food processor and pulse the machine to finely chop everything. With the machine running, stream in the vinegar and remaining ½ cup of EVOO. Season the herb sauce (in Argentina this is called a chimichurri) with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add half of the chimichurri to the skillet with the meat, mix to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Add the sauce to the pan, then bring everything up to a bubble and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  4. To serve, spread the remaining chimichurri on the toast bun tops and spoon the Tango Joes onto the bottoms. Replace the tops and enjoy!
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30 Responses to Tango Joes

  1. Augustina says:

    Deborah, I have all the ingredients at home for this, so I think I know what I’m going to make for dinner sometime this week!We love to eat sloppy joes and this version sounds really yummy.

  2. Cakespy says:

    Gosh, those sound amazing! Perfect for outdoor eating, a little messy but totally yummy!

  3. Mary says:

    Those sound great! My husband and I have a running disagreement on sloppy joes and I might try this one just to end it! It looks delicious.

  4. Sylvie says:

    It definitely looks right down my alley!

  5. Rosie says:

    My oh my these look amazing definitely something I would love to try out mmmmmmm!!

    Rosie x

  6. Abby says:

    I’m not a huge fan of sloppy joe’s, but Brad is, so it would be great to have a recipe to compromise on! I’ll have to test this one out!

  7. glamah16 says:

    I love to say Chimichurri. Thats a good recipe. Havent had a sloppy joe since I was a kid!

  8. Tempered Woman says:

    Actually these sound really good- I’d have to go with a turkey sausage substitute on the sirloin tho. You are a brave soul for posting a Rachel Ray recipe~ could get you ousted with the foodies, very controversial gal in the food world ya know… 😉

  9. Lore says:

    I think if I was allowed to have a midnight “snack” :)) this would be one of my top choices even if it’s the firSt time ever that I read about “joes”. Chimichurri sounds interesting!

  10. Madam Chow says:

    My dad was from Argentina, and I grew up eating chimichurri. When my mom was grilling, I’d sneak into the kitchen and eat the stuff up with a spoon. So, I think if kids are exposed to it at a young age, they will love it. I did, and still do!

  11. Catherine Wilkinson says:

    You’re right! I’m a sucker for a catchy name! These look like the ultimate kid fillers! And even as a little party treat, on small rolls or something? Awesome!

  12. Emiline says:

    How creative! This is a good idea.

  13. Grace says:

    i love me some sloppy joes in any form (and they always make that adam sandler “lunch lady land” song pop into my head). this would be no exception, because the components of chimichurri make my mouth very happy.

  14. Dhanggit says:

    i love rachel ray too!! i love the way she puts her own touch on classical dishes. love the sound of this tango joes, cant wait to try this weekend!

  15. Judy says:

    I love Rachael Ray and her recipes. I’ve not tried this one yet, but it looks and sounds great.

  16. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, these would make the men in my family – helpless meat lovers – so happy!

  17. RecipeGirl says:

    I love twist on a classic recipe. These sound like they’d be a winner for us.

  18. Helene says:

    She has good recipes. This Tango Joe looks delicious.

  19. Lisa says:

    These look wonderful. I love sloppy joes with a twist.

  20. Kevin says:

    The title Tango Joes certainly had me. I had already penciled in steak with chimichurri sauce for next weeks meal plan. Using the chimichurri sauce in sloppy joes sounds good. Bookmarked

  21. Kristen says:

    I have this recipe torn out to try and can’t wait. Mmmmmm!

  22. Vicarious Foodie says:

    I recently subscribed to the RR mag and it was in large part due to all the good things you have to say about it, so I’ll have you know that I’m blaming you for making me subscribe to yet another magazine!

  23. Cynthia says:

    You got to give RR props for some of those twists. I like the idea of Tango Joes.

  24. Elle says:

    What a great twist on an old favorite! Another one I have to try, especially with chimichurri!

  25. Elle says:

    Yum! These sound lots better than the old version of sloppy joes. A bit more sophisticated.

  26. Ann says:

    Yum! I love messy delicious lick-your-fingers food!

  27. Ruth Elkin says:

    As i was reading the ingredients I was saying “check” after each one… I’m so making this at the weekend!

  28. PheMom says:

    I’m going to have to try this for my dad. He is a “meat n potatoes” kind of guy, but he went on his mission to Argentina and still loves the food. I’ll bet he would love this for our Saturday Father’s Day get together! Yum!

  29. Aggie says:

    Hello! I came across your blog on “Leftover Queen”…I’m happy to have come across your review on Tango Joes, its one of the recipes I’ve been wanting to make since I saw it in RR mag. I’ll be making it soon!! Love your blog!

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