The secret to a great Sloppy Joe sandwich is slowly simmering the beef and sauce down into a rich, tender paste. You should always serve Sloppy Joes with a fork, but you should never need to use it.
- 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 onion (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 green bell pepper (diced)
- 2 cups water (divided)
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Optional: cayenne to taste
- Place the ground beef and onions into a cold, large skillet and put over medium heat.
- Cook stirring until the beef begins to brown. As it cooks, break the meat into very small pieces with a spatula. The smaller the better.
- Add the garlic and green pepper; cook stirring for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of water.
- Bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatula to dissolve any browned bits.
- Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and last cup of water.
- Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been evaporated, and the meat mixture is thick, rich and tender. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Serve hot on soft rolls.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|