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This is movie and a meal, where I suggest a classic movie for you to watch and provide the recipe to a signature dish that is featured somewhere in the film. This go around the movie is Smokey and the Bandit and the dish is a spicy sloppy-joe like sandwich called the Diablo Sandwich.

If you’ve never seen the 70’s classic Smokey and the Bandit, you have no idea on what you’ve been missing. There are so many reason to watch this movie. Here’s just a few:







– The movie’s signature car, the Pontiac Trans Am. It’s just flat out pretty. My dad had this exact car. He got an unbelievable amount of speeding tickets in it.







-This is a movie written by a bunch of 1970’s stuntmen for the soul purpose of allowing them to take all their favorite car stunts and cram them into one film. This alone is reason enough to watch the movie. These guys really destroy some stuff, like a two seasons worth of Top Gear amount of stuff. Jeremy Clarkson would be proud.









-The plot is ridiculously simple. The Bandit (Burt Reynolds) makes a bet with a tall man and a midget, named Big and Little Enos Burdette, to move 400 cases of illegal beer from Texas to GA in a set amount of time. The whole while the Bandit is chased by a Texas sheriff named Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). It’s the perfect turn your brain off and relax film.






-Jackie Gleason. Need I say more?







-CB Radios. This movie is practically a doctorate level course in the use of CB radios and trucker lingo. Think of it, you could be as cool as the kids in the picture. They are laughing because they just found out what a lot lizard is. And now you are probably crying because you just Googled what a lot lizard is, and it’s gross.


Now for the food. During the course of the movie, Sheriff Justice orders this recipe specifically by name when he stops off for gas and a quick bite to eat while pursuing the bandit. He has it served with a Dr. Pepper. I know this is a ridiculously easy recipe but what do you expect? This is food for people in a hurry, prepared at a back roads truck stop. Anything made at a place that in trucker lingo is called a “Choke and Puke” isn’t going to be gourmet, but you do know its going to be fast to make, good to eat, and filling.

The Diablo Sandwich












1 lb ground beef

1 onion, diced

2 ribs celery, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

5 cloves garlic diced

1 8.5 oz can of whole kernel sweet corn, drained

1 10 oz can of Rotel canned tomatoes with green chiles

4 tbsp of ketchup

1 package of taco seasoning

Salt and pepper, to taste

Hamburger buns, sour cream, and lettuce for serving.


Brown the ground beef and drain off most of the excess fat, leaving a little to insure the vegetables don’t stick. Add in the onion, celery, and red bell pepper and cook them until they are soft and the onions are beginning to become translucent. Add in the garlic and cook it until it is soft. Add in the taco seasoning, corn, Rotel, and ketchup and stir to combine. Turn the heat down and allow the mixture to simmer together for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

To serve, spoon the meat mixture onto toasted hamburger buns and top with a dollop of sour cream and some shredded lettuce. This sandwich is best enjoyed with an ice cold Dr. Pepper and a bunch of napkins (this is one messy sandwich to eat.)

This recipe can also be prepared by using ground chicken or turkey as a substitute for the ground beef. Some cheese melted on top also makes a great addition to the sandwich.







If you have any questions or have anything that you’d like featured in a future post on The Renaissance Beard , don’t hesitate to contact me or leave it in the comments.