A Tale Of Two Joes, Sloppy Joe Recipes

Last Evening, my Hubby came home from work so tired; and, I asked him, what he thought about Supper.  He originally thought about hamburgers; as, we had a pound of 85/15 ground beef in the fridge.  I thought about the sloppy joe recipe we have; and, since we haven’t had it for awhile, he thought it was a pretty good idea.

This sloppy joe recipe, is the best one I have ever tasted.  The recipe was in the Winston- Salem Journal; dated April 18, 2012.  The sloppy joes take about 15 minutes to make.  They have a little kick to them; but, it is not over the top.  I served them with Alexia sweet potato fries.

Sloppy Joes (makes 4 servings or more)


1 Tables. oil, 1 onion minced, 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and minced, 1 clove garlic minced, 1 pound lean ground beef, 8 oz. tomato sauce, 1 teas. chili powder, 1 Tables. Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tables. apple cider vinegar, 1 Tables. brown sugar, 1/4 c. ketchup, dash or 2 of hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste, 2-4 Tables. as needed


Cut the onion and green bell pepper in smaller cubes.  I never mince them; to me, that is really small.  Set aside.  Mince the garlic clove.  Set aside.  Open your can of tomato sauce.  Measure out the chili powder, and brown sugar and place in a small bowl.  Measure out the Worcestershire sauce and cider vinegar and place in a small bowl.  Measure out the ketchup.  Have the hot sauce ready.  You don’t have to have everything ready, I just like to do it this way.

Heat the 1 Tables. of oil over Medium heat, in a large skillet ( I use a non-stick skillet).  Add the onion and bell pepper and cook stirring until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic; and, cook about 30 seconds (you don’t want it to burn).  Add the lean ground beef and cook; breaking up the clumps, until browned, about 3 minutes.

Add the tomato sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar and ketchup.  Cook on medium to low, stirring occasionally, 5 -10 minutes, until meat is fully cooked; and, the mixture has slightly thickened.  Depending on your preference, you can add 1-2 Tables. water; if you like the mixture a little looser.  I have never needed to add up to 4 Tables. of water.

Stir in the hot sauce.  Taste and add the salt and pepper, if needed.  Serve on hamburger buns of choice.  Enjoy.

I hope you try this recipe.  Hubby and I think it beats Manwich, hands down.  Let me know how it goes.


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