Healthy Sloppy Marios: A Recipe From Top Chef's Fabio Viviani

This week we featured a two-part interview with Top Chef contestant and chef Fabio Viviani, who's e-book "Did I Really Make Breakfast?" is available on Amazon.com. Check out the other parts here and here. Here is Fabio's take on the classic Sloppy Joe. Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!

Fabio's Healthy Sloppy Marios

6 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

1 teaspoon canola oil

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 pounds lean ground beef

1 pound sausage

1 (6-ounce) can no salt-added tomato paste

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1 (15-ounce) can no salt-added corn, rinsed and drained

6 (1 1/2-ounce) whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add meat to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato paste; cook 2 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, salt, and broth. Reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn; cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Spoon about 1 cup meat mixture on bottom half of each hamburger bun; cover with top half of each bun.


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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