Sloppy Joes

    • Prep Time
    • 10 mins
    • Cook Time
    • 45 mins
    • Yield
    • 8 sloppy joes
    • Difficulty Level

This is a recipe for sloppy joes. They are usually remembered as kind of gross cafeteria lunches from school. But, they are also kind of delicious, no?  Especially when they are made from scratch at home, and you know exactly what goes into them and what kind of ground meat it consists of.  They are so simple and easy to put together and are even easier to serve. Which is really great, especially on a weeknight, to serve to your family.

It’s essentially ground meat braised in a spiced tomato sauce–Bolognese on a bun, and that to me is really delicious. If you are as fancy of a home cook as I am, you obviously have a homemade tomato sauce ready to go in your freezer, but if you don’t just add some canned tomatoes ( no one would notice the difference).

Like with all braised meat dishes, it tastes better the next day, when all the flavors melt into each other even more, so I usually make it after dinner and serve it the next evening. Hope you enjoy my adult version on this cafeteria classic. School lunch, upgraded.  I like to serve this with a fresh green salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
  • 8 buns, toasted

Instructions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, heat the olive oil. When hot, add the, onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until the onions are translucent. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  • 2. Add the tomato paste into the onion and garlic mixture and cook for another minute.
  • 3. Increase the heat and add the ground meat, breaking the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, while it cooks. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 4. Add the chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Add the canned tomatoes, water, vinegar, Worcestershire, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 40 minutes. Serve with any of your favorite buns. Enjoy !

Instructions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, heat the olive oil. When hot, add the, onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until the onions are translucent. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  • 2. Add the tomato paste into the onion and garlic mixture and cook for another minute.
  • 3. Increase the heat and add the ground meat, breaking the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, while it cooks. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 4. Add the chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Add the canned tomatoes, water, vinegar, Worcestershire, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 40 minutes. Serve with any of your favorite buns. Enjoy !

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