Are you a fan of the can of Sloppy Joe mix? If you answered yes or no you will love this homemade recipe. I have never been a fan of the can stuff, it always had a weird taste to me. My husband loves it! After I made this recipe my husband now has a new favorite Sloppy Joe recipe and for me this version doesn’t have a weird taste. Instead it has a layer of flavor that you can’t get from a can. The recipe I used is The Pioneer Woman’s recipe and what I love about it is you can control the heat. Make it as hot or mild as your little heart desires.
~ 2 1/2 lbs. ground beef
~ 1/2 of a large onion, diced
~ 1 whole green bell pepper, diced
~ 5 cloves of garlic
~ 1 1/2 cup ketchup
~ 1 cup water
~ 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
~ 2 tsp. chili powder (more to taste)
~ 1 tsp. dry mustard
~ 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (more to taste)
~ Worcestershire sauce, to taste
~ 2 Tbsp. tomato paste (optional)
~ Tabasco sauce (optional; to taste)
~ salt to taste
~ fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1. Add ground beef to a large skillet and cook over medium high heat. Cook until brown then drain most of the fat off.
2. Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
3. Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Tate and adjust seasonings as needed.
4. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls and top with a slice of cheese. Enjoy!
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