Sloppy joes are a loose meat sandwich that is made with ground beef, onions and peppers and spices that are simmered in a savory tomato based gravy and served mile high on a toasted bun. But more importantly, they are the ultimate in messy hand to mouth comfort food!
How many of you remember eating Manwich growing up? Boy I sure do. “A sandwich is a sandwich, but a Manwich is a meal”. Remember that?
In case you are unfamiliar with this quintessential childhood favorite, let me fill you in.
What’s a Sloppy Joe?
Depending on where you live, a “Sloppy Joe” can mean many different things. Supposedly a guy named Joe invented it in Iowa. It is a sweet and tangy ground beef concoction that you pile a mile high onto a hamburger bun.
It’s a mess. Intentionally so. Even though it’s in a bun, it WILL fall out of the bun resulting in the rest being scoffed up with a fork. Every single meaty bite getting messier and messier.
HOW TO MAKE SLOPPY JOES
- Combine all the ingredients for the sauce and set it aside.
- Begin by sautéing the onions and peppers in a little oil in a large skillet. Add the ground beef and turn the high on heat. Brown until a deep brown crust appears before breaking the beef apart. This gives the meat a deeper flavor.
- Stir the ground beef and continuing browning it until a deep crust appears. Drain the fat and continue breaking the meat up into very fine pieces.
- Add the sauce and warm through.
- Serve on hamburger buns.
Whether you call them Yip Yips, Slushburgers, Hot Tamales, Taverns or Wimpies, these ground beef sandwiches are loved by all ages!Print
Sloppy joes are a loose meat sandwich that is made with ground beef, onions and peppers and spices that are simmered in a savory tomato based gravy and served mile high on a toasted bun.
- 1 ½ lbs. Ground Beef
- 1 Cup Bell Peppers (I use red and green)
- 1 Tbsp Oil
- 1 Tbsp Minced Onion Flakes
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
FOR THE SAUCE:
- 6 oz. Tomato Paste
- ½ Cup Water
- 3 Tbsp Sugar
- ¼ Cup White Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Chili Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a large skillet, over low/medium heat, saute the peppers in 1-2 Tbsp olive oil for approx 3-4 minutes or until they being to soften.
- Turn the heat to high and add the ground beef. Sprinkle with the minced onion, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Brown the beef until a deep brown crust appears before breaking the beef apart. Once you see the beef begin to brown on the bottom, give it a good stir and being breaking the beef up with a wooden spoon or fork. Cook the beef until it’s almost cooked through. Drain the excess oil if there is any.
- Once drained, continue breaking the beef up as finely as possible.
- Add the sauce and stir thoroughly to combine.
- Turn the heat down to a simmer and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes, partially covered.
- Remove from the heat and serve over toasted buns.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THESE:
PERFECTLY ROASTED STEAK FRIES
PIN IT FOR LATER!