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National Sloppy Joe Day is March 18th. I remember my mother making sloppy joes using the prepared sauce that you can buy at the store. It seemed easy enough.
But now I know that making sloppy joes at home can be just as simple as using the canned product. So this dish makes it into the rotation a bit more often.
These delicious homemade Sloppy Joes are super quick and easy to make. As an added bonus, they taste even better the next day thanks to the tomato-based sauce.
For easier cleanup, all ingredients are combined right in the skillet rather than using an extra bowl. However, the tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and chili-garlic sauce can also be whisked together in a large bowl to ensure they are thoroughly blended before adding to the skillet.
Pro Tip: Yellow mustard is the traditional choice for Sloppy Joes. It can be used here in lieu of the Dijon mustard.
Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ medium white onion finely chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium green pepper finely chopped
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1½ lbs. ground beef 80% lean/20% fat (or greater
- 1 15- oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar adjust amount depending on personal preference
- ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp chili-garlic sauce*
- 4-6 Hamburger buns
- 2-3 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- Heat olive oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add onion, minced garlic, and green pepper. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until the vegetables soften and start to develop some color.
- Add the ground beef and break into small pieces with a spatula. Cook until the meat is thoroughly browned, approximately 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully drain any excess fat from the skillet.
- Tip: To prevent flare ups, make sure no grease drips down the side of the skillet if cooking with gas heat.
- Return to heat and add tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and chili garlic sauce. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir thoroughly to combine. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through, approximately 5-10 minutes.
- While the meat simmers, place the top oven rack in the second from highest position and pre-heat the oven broiler to high. Open the hamburger buns and arrange on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Brush each surface with the melted butter and place the baking sheet under the broiler for several minutes, rotating once halfway through, or until the buns are golden brown.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and spoon some of the warm meat sauce onto the bottom portion of each bun. Cover and serve immediately with your choice of sides. Enjoy!
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