Delicious sliders with a kick of ground chourico Portuguese sausage. I used to call them Sloppy Maria’s but I changed the name to Sloppy Ronaldo Sliders in honor of Cristiano because last year I made them for the World Cup and Portugal won! Maybe my sliders gave Ronaldo good luck!
If you prefer you can leave out the chourico if your family prefers the original sloppy Joe taste. I always make this big batch and I store half of the recipe for the next day, or freeze in small containers for 1-2 person servings. It’s perfect for a busy night when you don’t have time to make dinner or to give as an after school snack.
I took these pictures on live TV after the win!
2 pounds ground beef or turkey
1 pound chourico or linguica sausage (skin removed and ground in processor) (this is optional to your taste)
2 medium onions (finely minced)
4 cloves garlic (finely minced)
2 cups of crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups ketchup (depending how sweet you want the Joe’s
1 tablespoon tomato paste to thicken if necessary
1 tablespoon piri piri hot sauce more (optional to your taste)
Brown the ground beef in a large heave saucepan or skillet. Drain the fat and add the onions and garlic to pan. Cook the onions and garlic for a few minutes until translucent along with the beef.
Add the chourico and cook for a few minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for about 10 minutes stirring often. Taste and add more ketchup or brown sugar if you want more sweetness. Add the hot sauce if desired.
Let cook for another 10 minutes on low until the sauce and meats are thick and rich. Add the tomato paste to thicken sauce if needed.
Serve on warm buns.
After game celebration!