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.