This simple dish is near and dear to my heart. My mom would serve this to my sisters and I almost as much as rice and beans. She would call it “Poor Man’s Food.” Actually, it’s anything but poor, but it is a peasant’s dish. Ground beef is simmered in onions, garlic, and tomato sauce to form a beefy gravy-stew, which is then topped with peas. And there you have it—beef and pea ragout.
Beef and pea ragouts are common in Sicilian cuisine. I make it with a little Mexican flair by adding a little taco seasoning or chili powder to give it some spicy kick. You don’t need it, but my taste buds are decidedly older than when my mom use to make it, so I like the extra flavor.
This type of ragout is very similar to the classic Sloppy Joe, but way better (of course)!
I’m not the only one who thinks so. My sister, Vicki, makes it for her son—it’s his favorite dish. What’s not to love about it? It is simple, and easy and fast to make, not to mention delicious. Enjoy with some homemade tortillas.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1.5 lbs ground beef
- 1 15oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2 cups frozen peas
- Over medium heat, add olive oil to skillet and brown onions until they are translucent and just starting to turn golden. Add garlic and brown for a minute more.
- Remove from skillet and reserve on a plate.
- Brown the ground beef in the remaining oil on the pan. Add salt and pepper. Drain when finished.
- Return the onion and garlic to the pan.
- Add tomato sauce, chili powder and dried oregano. Mix together.
- Add the frozen peas and cook about 5 minutes.
- Serve with tortillas.