August 8, 2013

Sloppy Joes

We really like sloppy joes in our family, but I've always just bought a can of sauce at the store, mixed it with the meat, and called it a day.  In my quest to save money and to make more things from scratch, I set out to find a great recipe.  I found several, and basically just came up with my own.  I made it a few nights ago, and it was good!  The only thing Justin and I wished it had was either more tomato sauce, or some tomato paste.  So I've altered the recipe below to include that change.  Enjoy!

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 c. diced onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • a few dashes red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • hot sauce (optional, to taste)
  • hamburger buns or other rolls
  • Brown beef along with onion, pepper, and garlic in large skillet; drain fat
  • Add all other ingredients, stirring to combine
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes
  • Serve on these homemade buns, or any other buns or rolls you prefer
    • We like a slice of cheese on ours too!

Sloppy joes go great with so many sides, but I made these yummy potatoes, and it was great!

UPDATE (October 2014): If you're looking for a low-carb option like we currently are, or a new way to use leftovers, you can make Sloppy Joe Loaded Sweet Potatoes!  Bake (or microwave) a sweet potato, "load" it up with sloppy joe meat and some shredded cheese, and you're good to go!  Yum!