Chili Bowl Burger Sliders

Total Time:
53 min
Prep:
23 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef, 90/10
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion flakes
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil spray
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded Cheddar, divided
  • 12 slider buns
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • In a large bowl, add the ground beef, ground pork, chili powder, cumin, onion flakes, jalapeno, and salt and pepper. Using clean hands, mix well to combine, about 1 minute.

  • Prepare a muffin tin with canola oil spray. Separate the beef mixture into 2 equal piles and set 1 pile aside. Begin shaping 12 equal patties and, 1 by 1, pat them into the muffin tin so that the bottoms and sides are covered in the beef mixture. Place the muffin tin into the oven and cook for 10 minutes.

  • In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add the olive oil. Next, add the onion, garlic and oregano and saute until the onion begins to wilt, about 5 minutes. Add in the tomato paste and remaining ground beef mixture and cook until the beef begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Pour in the canned tomatoes and beans and season with salt and pepper. Let the chili simmer for 10 minutes on low.

  • Line a baking sheet with foil. Remove the muffin tin from the oven and remove the beef muffins from the tin, placing them onto the lined baking sheet. Then, add about 1 tablespoon cheese to the inside of each beef muffin. Top the cheese with 2 tablespoons chili to create a heaping mound. Then, top with another 1 tablespoon cheese. Turn the oven to broil and place the filled beef muffins back into the oven and continue cooking until the cheese is bubbling and slightly browned, about 2 minutes (or keep at 350 degrees F and bake until cheese is melted, 6 to 9 minutes). Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Serve the sliders on the buns to your hungry crowd.


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