By Beverly Hicks Burch
I’ve always been a fan of homemade Sloppy Joes. Unfortunately I’ve had a hard time convincing Tall & Handsome that Sloppy Joes could really be his friend because he had a really bad experience with Manwich in a past life.
The other night I made my Sloppy Joes. T & H helped himself to two…so I guess that means we can have Sloppy Joes again. My recipe calls for green bell pepper or chopped celery. Normally I used celery because green bell pepper tends to give me indigestion. This time I use some orange bell pepper. For some strange reason the other colored bell peppers don’t give me indigestion and I love the vitamin C they provide.
Kids tend to love Sloppy Joes. My favorite side dish is corn, but occasionally I will serve up baked tater tots.
So, if you’re looking for something fast and easy and a little different from a regular sandwich try a piping hot Sloppy Joe.
1 pound lean ground beef (ground round or sirloin)
½ cup chopped bell pepper or celery
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
½ cup catsup
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar (I know this may sound weird, but I use dill pickle vinegar!)
1. Brown ground beef with onion, bell pepper or celery and garlic in large skillet. Drain off any excess fat or juices.
2. Add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
3. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Served on hamburger buns.
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