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Compliments of: The Olive Scene


  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Scene Garlic Olive Oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • ¼ c Olive Scene Espresso Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 (15 oz) tomato puree
  • ½ c ketchup
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp Aci Kirmizi Biber (available at The Olive Scene) or red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  1. In a large pot, heat oil and sauté ground beef, onion and pepper until soft.
  2. Add balsamic vinegar and mix until meat is coated.
  3. Mix dry mustard, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes until smooth.
  4. Sprinkle spices over meat mixture and stir.
  5. Add tomato puree and ketchup to meat and stir.
  6. Bring just to a boil and immediately lower the heat and simmer for ½ hour, stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve on hearty hamburger buns with pickles or Cole slaw.
  8. Can make 1-2 days ahead and refrigerate to allow the flavors to develop.
  9. Freezes well.
  10. For added heat, replace the Garlic Olive Oil with Harissa Olive Oil