This is not a dish in itself, but something that
is easy to make, takes little time, and can be used
in a lot of ways. "Ground beef salad"
is a tongue-in-cheek play on chicken salad, as I don't
know what else to call this stuff. I don't think it's
wet enough to belong to the realm of the sloppy joe.
What you'll need:
Ground beef, as much as you plan to cook
sauce (or acceptable substitute, such as Ragu sauce)
Whatever else is desired
First off, this recipe is made by taste, not by specific
amounts. I make it the way I like it, which is pretty
simple and quick. You may like it spicier. Feel free
to throw in any spices you like, or even leave out the
cheese. I wouldn't recommend leaving the tomato sauce
out, though, as without that the meat won't stick together.
Anyway, brown the ground beef in a frying pan over
medium heat. Drain it well, then add in the tomato sauce
and cheese, tablespoonful by tablespoonful, until you
achieve a texture and consistency you like; add in any
other ingredients you like as you go. The last time
I made this I used one pound of lean ground beef, 5
or 6 tablespoons of Hunt's basil, garlic & oregano
tomato sauce, and 3 tablespoons of Tostitos cheese dip.
I ended up with some meat salad that would stick together
reasonably well, and wasn't so wet it would soak right
through stuff like tortillas.
A few ways you can use this stuff include tacos,
burritos, onigiri, "mini pitaburgers" (with
mini-pitas), "fiesta" (with lettuce, crushed
corn chips, rice, and tomatoes), in baked potato skins,
and donburi topping. Shoot, it's not bad on French bread