Based on the classic Tex-Mex 7-layer party dip, these spicy beef sliders are only a couple of inches wide, but stack up high.
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 10 mins
- 8 ounces canned refried beans
- 2 pounds ground beef sirloin
- 1 cup beer
- 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
- 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
- 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon grated lime peel, plus juice of 2 limes
- 2 yellow tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1/4 cup mustard (eyeball it)
- 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
- 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
- 1/2 cup green olives with pimiento, chopped
- 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, jalapenos 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, jalapenos and cilantro; stir, then season with salt. In another bowl, stir together the sour cream, hot sauce and cumin.
- Preheat 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.
- Pertinace Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 (Italy), Dominio del Plata Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2007 (Argentina)