Ahhh good ol’ Sloppy Joes. The unofficial sandwich of childhood! Who among us doesn’t have at least one memory of standing in line at the food counter during school, as the lunch lady (bless her heart) gleefully plopped down that delicious slop mixture on the plate?
Sloppy Joes may not be the most elegant sandwich or meal out there, but by golly they sure are delicious and easy to make! Judge all you want, but I think nearly everyone enjoys a good Sloppy Joe once in a while!
This recipe is nice and straightforward, using down to earth ingredients that you can feel good about. It’ll take you and your family back to simpler times, and fill your belly with hearty goodness in the process. So grab a milk carton and sit next to your favorite buddy as you prepare to enjoy this comforting meal!
Sloppy Joes are a delicious sandwich great for any weeknight or weekend, perfect for large gatherings. The Pioneer Woman's Sloppy Joes are just as fantastic as you can imagine.
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2-½ lbs ground beef or turkey
- ½ large onion diced
- 1 large green bell pepper diced
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1-½ c. ketchup
- 1 c. water
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
- Worcestershire sauce to taste
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste optional
- Salt to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.
Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste.
Add tomato paste, Worcestershire. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman