- 1 tablespoon refrigerated chili paste (from tube)
- 1 tablespoon refrigerated garlic paste (from tube)
- 3 cups Slow-Cooker Meat Sauce (LINK TKTK)
- 1/2 cup bottle chili sauce, preferably Heinz
- 1½ tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- 4 Kaiser rolls or sturdy sandwich rolls of your choice, cut in half
- 8 slices cheddar cheese, such as Tillamook
- 2 cups corn chips, such as Fritos, lightly crushed
It's a time warp back to childhood. Almost everyone remembers enjoying sloppy joes, and if they don't, this will create new happy memories!
Get the recipe for the Slow-Cooker Meat Sauce here.
Technique tip: Melting cheese in the broiler beforehand acts as a binder for the Fritos.
Swap option: Cheddar is great, but American cheese works just a well.
Preheat broiler with oven rack 6 inches from the heat. Combine the chili paste and garlic paste in a large nonstick skillet, and cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the meat sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and hot sauce. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil; reduce the heat to medium, and simmer, stirring often, until the mixture has thickened, about 12 minutes.2.
Place the bottom halve of the rolls, cut sides up, on a broiler pan; broil until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes (watch carefully to make sure they don't burn). Remove the bottom halves of the rolls from the broiler pan. Place the top halves of the rolls, cut sides up, on the broiler pan, and place 2 cheese slices on each. Broil until the cheese melts, about 1 to 2 minutes.3.
Plate the sloppy joes by topping each bottom half of roll with 3/4 cup meat sauce, 1/2 cup corn chips, and the top half of the roll.