Sloppy Joes are a childhood favorite of Jonathan's, so if I am ever needing to throw dinner together in a hurry, I grab my ever-present can of Manwich out of the pantry, brown my ground meat, and TA-DAH! Dinner is served.
Sooooo, when The Pioneer Woman posted her homemade recipe for Sloppy Joes sometime within the past two weeks, I looked at the ingredient list, saw that I had everything in my refrigerator or pantry, and decided to give them a whirl.
They were phenomenal and probably one of the quickest meals to make. Enjoy!
1 lb. of ground beef or turkey
1 Tablespoon of butter (optional)
1/2 onion, chopped finely
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped finely
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I was out and probably wouldn't have used them anyway because Nora was eating, too. But, if you like heat, add these in!)
Worcestirshire sauce, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
Hamburger buns, buttered and toasted if desired
1. Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown, then drain.
2. Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
3. Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
4. Spoon meat mixture over the buns.
Serving suggestions: Jonathan likes his bun with mayo (YUCK)! However, I skip the mayo and add a slice of cheese, melted just enough to make it gooey! Delicious! We had these with French fries and corn.
Oh, and check your face in the mirror before heading out of the door to Home Depot or Target, because chances are you'll have Sloppy Joes stains on the corners of your mouth from devouring such a delicious supper. Your welcome!