Sloppy Joes Recipe

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  • 55 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 Large/6 Regular (4-6 servings)
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The secret to a great Sloppy Joe sandwich is slowly simmering the beef and sauce down into a rich, tender paste. You should always serve Sloppy Joes with a fork, but you should never need to use it.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 cups water (divided)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: cayenne to taste

How to Make It

Place the ground beef and onions into a cold, large skillet and put over medium heat. Cook stirring until the beef begins to brown. As it cooks, break the meat into very small pieces with a spatula. The smaller the better.

Add the garlic and green pepper; cook stirring for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatula to dissolve any browned bits.

Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and last cup of water.

Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been evaporated, and the meat mixture is thick, rich and tender. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve hot on soft rolls.