Sloppy Joaquins

This is the Spanish cousin to Sloppy Joe – this mess of beef, mushrooms, garlic, sherry and tomatoes is worth staining your shirt for! Meet Sloppy Joaquin!


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 6 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 24 medium size cap mushrooms, crimini or white – your choice, chopped
  • Coarse salt and lots of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry (eyeball it)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (eyeball it)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 4 crusty rolls, ciabatta or Portuguese rolls if available, or Kaiser rolls, split
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • A wedge of Manchego cheese, for shaving


Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat with EVOO. Add beef and deeply brown, 6-7 minutes. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are dark and onion is tender, 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the sherry and deglaze the pan, then reduce 1 minute. Add Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes more.

Pre-heat the broiler.

Spread rolls with softened butter and sprinkle heavily with parsley. Toast rolls until charred at edges. Top roll bottoms with sloppy mixture and shaved Manchego cheese, then set roll tops in place. Olé!

  • Dave T

    Terrific and easy if you don’t mind the prep work. I chop the mushrooms (about 1 lb. pkg) into very tiny dice so they really blend in with the meat. Easily makes enough for 6 sandwiches. Leftovers taste even better nuked for lunch the next day.

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