A taste-test was obviously in order, so I sorted through the stack of delicious sounding recipe suggestions Ro*tel packed in the box but couldn’t make up my mind. Would it be the Spicy Chicken Enchiladas or the beef? Maybe the Mexican Cornbread Casserole? I couldn’t decide which one. I knew I wanted to use it in something that would feature the taste so I could make a fair assessment of the flavors. But what?
Then, I hit upon a great idea. I would make my regular sloppy joes and substitute my plain tomato sauce with the Ro*tel sauce. I mixed up the meat and prepared to serve the sandwiches, but...the green chilies in the sauce gave the meat a mild tacoey-tasting flavor unlike my run-of-the-mill joes, so I felt inspired to top each with shredded Tillamook cheddar and lettuce. After that small adjustment, I took them to the table and waited for the jury to assess the results.
I honestly didn’t think such a small change would make such a big difference, but they loved it. Absolutely loved it...and asked when I would make it again. The new Ro*tel sauce was a hit!
Will I purchase this Ro*tel Zesty Tomato and Green Chili Sauce? Definitely. Will I try the spicier “Original” version? Oh, most certainly. Should you try it? Yes!
1lb ground beef
1 8ox can Mild or Original Ro*tel Zesty Tomato and Green Chili Sauce
1T tomato paste
1T tomato paste
2T fine bread crumbs
1T Worcestershire sauce
1t onion powder
1t garlic powder
1t salt (more or less to taste)
3oz shredded cheese
1c shredded lettuce
6 toasted hamburger buns
-Brown and drain hamburger
-Stir in sauce, paste, water, bread crumbs, and spices. Simmer until thickened.
-Divide meat mixture among buns
-Top with cheese and lettuce
-Eat and enjoy!