Week 20, Recipe 3: South By Southwest 7 Layer Sliders

Recipe from Rachael Ray's 'Big Orange Book'
  • 8 ounces canned refried beans
  • 2 pounds ground beef sirloin (I used ground turkey)
  • 1 cup beer (I used Dos Equis to match the Southwest theme)
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grill seasoning (about 1 1/2 palmfuls)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, preferably chipotle (about a palmful)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika (about a palmful)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • 1 Hass avocado (I would use at least 2 for all those burgers-- 1 small barely covered 2 burgers)
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  •  2 jalapeño chiles, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel, plus juice of 2 limes
  • Salt
  • 2 yellow tomatoes, seeded and chopped (I used red plum tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup mustard (eyeball it) (I skipped this... mustard in salsa??? Pass.)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (eyeball it)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (about 1/3 palmful)
  • 6 slices deli pepper jack cheese, quartered
  • 12 mini hamburger buns, split (I used regular-sized wheat buns)
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce (I used spinach because that's what I had)
  • 1/2 cup green olives with pimento, chopped (I used black olives)
In a small skillet, heat the beans over medium-low heat; stir in a splash of water.
In a large bowl, combine the sirloin, beer, onion, two-thirds of the garlic, the grill seasoning, chili powder and paprika. Divide into 4 equal portions, then form each portion into three 3-inch patties. Drizzle with EVOO.

In a small bowl, mash the avocado with half each of the red onion, jalapeños and cilantro. Mash in the lime peel and juice and the remaining one-third of the garlic; season the guacamole with salt. In another small bowl, toss the tomatoes with the mustard and the remaining half of the red onion, jalapeños and cilantro; stir, then season with salt. In another bowl, stir together the sour cream, hot sauce and cumin.

Pre-heat a large grill pan to medium-high. Add the patties and cook, turning once, for 6 minutes for medium. During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with 2 cheese slices and tent with foil to melt.

Top each bun bottom with a small spoonful of refried beans, a beef patty, some lettuce, guacamole, salsa, spicy sour cream and a sprinkling of olives; cover with the bun tops. Serve the sliders with any remaining toppings.

Results: WHAT??  One of the best recipes I've ever made.  Truly.  I don't believe in sliders (teases) so I made 4 regular-sized burgers with about a pound of ground turkey.  I served this with frozen corn cooked on the stove according to the package directions with a tablespoon of chile powder, 1 tbsp. black pepper, 1 tablespoon of butter, a squeeze of lime, salt and a handful of chopped cilantro.  SO GOOD!!!!  MAKE THIS RECIPE!!


Naima said...

Looks yummy!! That's a hell of a lot of ingredients though (can you tell I don't cook often?). I'd have to make burgers as well -- Bakari hates sliders too.

Anitra* said...

I saw this posted on Twitter and I meant to tell you that it looks great! Can't wait until I can taste test!!!

Jameil said...

y'all it was so good!!

nai... the ingredient list is long but nothing takes very long to assemble! and with sous chef Rashan, it was even simpler! sliders are dumb! lol

anitra... thanks! it is delicious!!