HONEY BBQ CHEESY SLOPPY JOES


1 pound ground beef
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained (I puree them too)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup Honey BBQ sauce***
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
Dash of cayenne pepper
Shredded cheddar jack
Hamburger buns or bread of choice

In a large skillet, over medium heat, brown ground beef until cooked through and no longer pink.  Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.  Drain off the grease.  Add the tomatoes, ketchup, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire, and spices.  Stir well and cover.  Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and simmer another 5 minutes until mixtures is thickened up.

Serve on some warm toasted buns and top with shredded cheese.

NOTES:
***If unable to locate Honey BBQ sauce, just add some additional honey to sweeten.

CREAMY JALAPENO CILANTRO DIP


1 cup real mayonnaise
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup sour cream *** (I use 1 cup)
2-3 fresh Jalapeno peppers, seeded
1-2 fresh Serrano peppers, seeded
1 small bunch of fresh cilantro
1 to 2 – 1 oz. package of dry ranch dip mix (more = thicker)


Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours to allow the flavors to combine.  (It’s even better overnight.)

Enjoy as chip dip, salad dressing, or sauce.


NOTES:

If you like extremely spicy food, leave the seeds intact.  Be warned!
You can also cut back on the cilantro.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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