Prime Beef Sandwich


1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup diced green pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeno pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
1 lb ground lean beef, medium grind
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup ketchup
1-1/2 cups diced fresh or canned tomatoes
6 to 8 Sandwich or Burger Buns, lightly toasted


  • Sauté the onions, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, and garlic in oil until the onions are translucent. 
  • Add the beef and cook, stirring, until the meat is lightly browned. 
  • Drain off all the fat, add the salt, pepper, and cumin, and cook for about 1 minute more, stirring all the time to season evenly. 
  • Add the ketchup and tomatoes and cook, uncovered, over low heat until reduced to a thick sauce. 
  • Serve on toasted buns. 
Makes 6 to 8 sandwiches.

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Did You Know?
The immediate cultural precursor with a direct connection to the English sandwich was to be found in the Netherlands of the 17th century, where the naturalist John Ray observed that in the taverns beef hung from the rafters "which they cut into thin slices and eat with bread and butter laying the slices upon the butter"— explanatory specifications that reveal the Dutch belegde broodje was as yet unfamiliar in England.

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