Welcome to Monday. I’m starting this week off with a reader request for Sloppy Joe’s. This is probably up there with some of my favorite foods, but only if you eat them on cheap hamburger buns. Sloppy Joe’s were a staple in my house as a kid, using canned sauce of course. This is definitely a quick and easy recipe to whip up for a delicious weeknight meal.
Adding barbecue in with the sauce gives the sandwiches a nice smoky flavor and a bit of sweetness. I’m a fan of Sweet Baby Ray’s which is what I used in my mix. Also included in your sauce mix is a dash of tabasco sauce. Feel free to play around with the flavors here and if you want to kick up the heat a bit, add additional tabasco sauce.
I consider sloppy joe’s to be a pretty versatile food. You can dress them up or down, making them as basic or complex as you’d like. I’ve heard of people adding potato chips to the top of their sandwiches for an extra crunch. I’m also a fan of adding French fried onions. If you want your meat mixture a bit smokier and spicy, chop up a few chipotle chilis in adobo sauce to add to your mix. The possibilities are endless.
So tell me, what’s your favorite way to mix up Sloppy Joe’s?
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped
- ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 4 hamburger buns, split
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the peppers, onions and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes.
- Add in the ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink in the center, 8-9 minutes. Drain the meat and return it to the pan.
- Add in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire and Tabasco. Stir to combine the ingredients and simmer for 6-7 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
- Plate each of the 4 hamburger buns and scoop a large serving of the meat mixture onto the bottom half of each bun. Serve.