sloppy joe recipe
For the Sloppy Joe Filling:
- 1 pound (450g) ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup (240ml) ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Hamburger buns or sandwich rolls
- Sliced cheese (optional)
- Pickles (optional)
- Brown the Ground Beef:
- Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it into small pieces with a spatula, until it’s browned and no longer pink. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
- Sauté the Vegetables:
- Add the chopped onion and green bell pepper to the skillet with the browned beef. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are softened.
- Add Garlic and Seasonings:
- Stir in the minced garlic, chili powder, salt, and black pepper. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Sauce and Flavoring:
- Add the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and yellow mustard to the skillet. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
- Simmer and Thicken:
- Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken.
- Taste and Adjust:
- Taste the Sloppy Joe mixture and adjust the seasonings to your liking. You can add more chili powder, sugar, or mustard as needed.
- Toast your hamburger buns or sandwich rolls if desired.
- Spoon a generous portion of the Sloppy Joe mixture onto the bottom half of each bun.
- If you like, top the Sloppy Joe filling with sliced cheese and allow it to melt.
- Place the top half of the bun on the filling, and your Sloppy Joes are ready to serve.
- Optional: Add Pickles
- Some people like to add pickle slices to their Sloppy Joes for a tangy, crunchy contrast. Feel free to add pickles before putting on the top bun.
- Serve your Sloppy Joes hot with your favorite sides, like coleslaw, potato chips, or a simple salad.