If you are looking for a good homemade sloppy joe recipe, I have one for you.
This version uses things you will already have on hand and the flavor is out of this world. It will remind you of being a kid and playing kickball outside until the street lights come on . Childhood on a plate!
Are you ready for this easy sloppy joe recipe?
This is perfect for a busy weeknight when there is no time to stand in the kitchen over a stove with long lists of ingredients.
- 2 lb ground beef, we used grass fed
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, I used the jarred stuff
- 1 small/medium onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, I used yellow, chopped
- 2 T brown sugar
- 2 t chili powder
- 1 t dry mustard
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce
- 1 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce, I used Trader Joe’s
- salt and pepper, to taste
- hamburger buns
- butter, for toasting the buns
In a large skillet add the olive oil, garlic, beef and salt and pepper.
Add in the bell pepper and onion.
Cook over medium heat until brown.
Once the meat is brown add in the spices and brown sugar.
Add in the Worcestershire sauce.
Stir the meat to combine.
Add in the can of tomato sauce.
Mix everything together well and let the flavors come together over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
Remove the sloppy joe meat from the stove and grab your griddle. (This is the stovetop griddle that I use.)
Turn the heat up to high and add some butter to your griddle.
Place the buns face down on the griddle and toast until brown.
Add a heaping of sloppy joe mixture to the buns.
We served this with baked french fries and some fruit and a big glass of water.
Let me say, I am not a huge fan of sloppy joes, but these were amazing! The flavor was divine!
I am planning to take the leftovers and warm them up and serve them over steamed rice.
It will make a totally different meal and my kids will enjoy it. There is really only enough leftover to make lunch portions.