Monday, October 28, 2013

Sloppy Joes...Not just for kids

Mmm, MMM, Good!!!!!
Recently we have been finding ourselves eating a lot of Sloppy Joes. Now you might say, come on, Sloppy Joes, can't you think of something more sophisticated to make and write about it. I say to those people, eat this...because it’s good I swear. We have even found ways to use the meat that is not on a sandwich, last night for example we even used it as a topping on tortilla chips. The recipe is from the Pioneer Women cookbook, which is a popular book in our house. The first time we made this recipe is for a throwback dinner night, a classic meal and went with the Sloppy Joes. 

When making the Joe's I decided to make it my own way. We have made this with both ground turkey and ground beef and both are great. I went with the beef this time. Since it was the two of us we half'd part of the recipe, we still used a full green bell pepper, whole onion. All of the meat and liquids we have. When it calls for hot sauce I used a little of a special hot sauce that we got from our friends and I also used some siracha chili sauce. I also purchased some fancy crusty bread from the store. Roasted Garlic bread is so good, so I thought it would go well and it does. 

So if you're looking for a dinner that's man pleasin, then make these Sloppy Joes!

Slop, Sloppy Joe's


2 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 large green bell pepper, diced
1/2 large onion, diced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder, or more as needed
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more as needed
Hot sauce, such as Tabasco
Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 kaiser rolls
2 tablespoons butter, softened
Chips, Salad, or Green Beans, for serving, if desired


Start by browning the ground beef in a large pot over medium-high heat. Drain off the fat.

Add in the green peppers and onions. Stir, and then add 1 cup water, the ketchup and garlic. Stir it around to combine, and then add the brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine, and then cover and simmer over medium-low heat, about 20 minutes.

To serve, spread the rolls with the butter and brown them on a griddle or in a skillet. Spoon a good amount of the meat mixture onto the bottom roll, and then top with the other half. Serve with chips, salad or just enjoy it by itself.

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