“Have some more sloppy joes. I made ’em extra sloppy for you. I know how you kids like ’em extra sloppy.” <—- Name that movie!
Oh my gosh, too funny! Dave quotes that every now and again and it never fails to crack me up!
I had a random, but very serious, craving for Sloppy Joe’s the other night.
While quite tempted to use Manwich from the can (so gross, but soo soo good!), I decided to attempt a healthier, less processed version.
And you want to know what? It was almost as easy as opening a can. And although it’s been a long time since I’ve had Manwich (<— ok, that name is kinda grosses me out!), I’d have to say it tastes even better! 😉
Homemade Sloppy Joes
slightly adapted from Rachael Ray’s recipe
Serves 4 Hungry Joe’s
1 tbsp olive oil (or spray)
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 lb ground beef
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 cup barbeque sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tbsp steak seasoning
4 whole wheat buns (I used sandwich thins because that’s all I had on hand)
1. Heat oil in the pan and add chopped onion and bell pepper. Saute for 3-4 minutes until slightly softened.
2. Add ground beef to the pan and cook until no longer pink.
3. Drain excess grease from the pan, if desired. (Depends on how lean the ground beef is.)
4. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add to the pan.
5. Simmer for about 15 minutes until thickened.
6. Spoon a 1/4 of the meat onto each and serve!
Note: Once the sauce has been added, give it a taste test. If you prefer Sloppy Joe’s on the sweeter side, you may want to add a little brown sugar depending on the type and sweetness of the BBQ sauce you use. I thought mine was just sweet enough as it was!