If you don’t know what a sloppy joe is, they’re a type of loose meat sandwich made with ground beef, a sweet and tangy tomato-y ketchup sauce and seasoned with onions, garlic and bell peppers. The meat filling is piled high and sandwiched between a bun. They’re a classic!
I usually serve mine with chips and baby carrots.
Homemade Sloppy Joes
- 2 pounds extra lean ground beef
- 1 onion diced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoons salt to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the beef is browned and is in small crumbles, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in onion and green bell pepper; cook and stir until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in minced garlic and sauté until fragrant and lightly cooked – not browned, about 30 seconds.
- Add tomato sauce and stir, scraping the pan to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the skillet.
- Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick, about 40 minutes. ***At this point you could pour all of the mixture into a 6-quart slow cooker and set on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until ready to serve.
- Season with more salt and black pepper, to taste if needed.