These Sloppy Joe’s were my worst nightmare when I was growing up!!! I hated sloppy joe’s and of course I was highly enforced on eating them. Also when I was younger I was disgusted with the thought of eating meat. So I didn’t like any meals my parents made for dinner for that matter. Well let’s fast forward about 10-15 years. Now im getting better at eating meat and of course my husbands family is huge meat eaters. The first time I went camping with his entire family…..they brought a freezer for all the meat. That’s right you heard me a freezer! Can we say huge carnivore’s in this family!
So I have been trying to be a good wifey and make husband meals that involve meat. I thought I would give these sloppy Joe’s another try and tried a different recipe then my mom always used. Shockingly they were really good and I have added sloppy Joe’s to my monthly meal plan. I found this awesome recipe from no on other then the amazing Pioneer Women. It is a little bit spicy if you have little ones, so just adjust the recipe a little bit for them. But this recipe was FANTASTIC I actually enjoyed eating them so much better then the can sauce!
Rinse and chop your green peppers, onions and fresh garlic if you have it
Brown your hamburger with onions, when done drain the fat
Next we need to add the water, ketchup, bell peppers and minced garlic
Then add brown sugar, chili powder, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and mustard
Let simmer for about 20 minutes so all the flavors can settle in and get thicker
While the meat is simmering I like to toast my buns. I think it helps the bun from getting to soggy. For extra flavor spread some butter on the bun for extra tastiness
Don’t forget to add cheese to the party. Everything tastes better with a slice of cheese
- 1 pound hamburger
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ cup green pepper
- 1 tsp fresh minced garlic or 2 garlic cloves
- ¾ ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp Mustard
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
- Dash of red pepper flakes(optional)
- Dash of salt and pepper
- Hamburger buns
- Cheese (optional, but highly recommended)
- Cook hamburger with onions when done drain fat. Next add bell peppers, garlic, ketchup and water stir together. Add in brown sugar, chili powder, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Taste to see if you need to add a little more spice to the party. Let simmer together for 20 minutes so the flavors can settle in.
- Spread butter on top of buns and toast. Place a spoonful of meat on the bun and top with cheese. Everything tastes better with cheese on top!
- Serve with chips, fries, baked beans or watermelon or whatever sounds good.