I used to always make “Sloppy Joes” from the packet one buys in the grocery store aisle alongside the other mixes for sides and main courses. I came upon this recipe and with a little personalized tweaking, we find it scrumptious. It also freezes well, so go ahead and make a full batch and put the leftovers in the freezer for a ready made meal another day. I like to serve these open face (to save calories) with corn and plain potato chips on the side.
Sloppy Joes – recipe
2 T olive oil
2 red bell peppers
2 medium yellow onions, diced small
4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey – I prefer to use ground sirloin
2 t chili powder
2 t ground cumin
2 t kosher salt
2 – 14oz. cans no salt added tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 T Worcestershire Sauce
1 T packed dark brown sugar
6-8 Sesame seeded hamburger buns, split and toasted
Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch Oven over medium high heat until shimmering. Add the peppers, onion and garlic and season with a few shakes of salt.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened.
Add the tomato paste, stir to combine and cook until the raw flavor has cooked out – about 1 minute.
Add the ground beef or turkey and cook, breaking the meat into smaller pieces until it’s cooked through – about 4 minutes.
Add the chili powder, cumin (I use heaping teaspoons of chili powder and cumin) and measured salt. Stir to coat the meat and vegetables and cook until fragrant – about 1 minute.
Add the tomato sauce, water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld and the mixture thickens – about 30 minutes.
Serve on toasted buns.