Load your buns up with these Easy Sloppy Joes. Ground beef, onion and bell pepper simmer in a flavorful sauce creating the ultimate family comfort food.
We make these sloppy joes A LOT in our foodie household. Most days I try to make really healthy dinners where half the plate is green veggies, a quarter of the plate is a healthy starch, and the other quarter is a lean protein. I like to eat clean. No, seriously, I do. But there are those days where I require comfort food. When I make these easy sloppy joes, I don’t just make the killer sandwich… we go the whole nine yards and serve up some tots and corn on the cob.
When we were kids, the version of sloppy joes we ate consisted of ground beef with a can of Manwich. Do you remember that stuff? Gross. Its remarkable I’m still alive, that I’m a reasonably healthy person, considering all the garbage we ate growing up. Its just what was available and no one saw anything wrong with it. Any child of the 80s and 90s can relate. Wanna know what’s in a can of Manwich? My friend, google, told me: Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Less than 2% of: Salt, Sugar, Chili Pepper, Dehydrated Green and Red Bell Peppers, Tomato Fiber, Guar Gum, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Dehydrated Garlic, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid.
Yuck. Puke. Gag.
Don’t feed that garbage to your family. Homemade sloppy joes are so easy to make, taste a million times better than canned “sloppy joe sauce”, and you’ll feel really good after stuffing your face with them. I promise.
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 (15 ounce can) no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4-8 hamburger buns (depending on size)
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook onions, pepper, and ground beef until meat is slightly browned and crumbly, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, ketchup, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, sugar, oregano, and pepper. Stir mixture into skillet with meat, onion, and bell pepper and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for a minimum of 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.