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Sloppy Joes!

For some reason, I can’t say it without an exclamation at the end.

I never had sloppy joes growing up, but I do remember watching commercials for Manwich. Remember Manwich?

My Bay Area California sensibilities prohibit me from buying such a thing as Manwich, so it’s homemade sloppy joes for this household. You might also notice that I served it with a side of roasted broccoli. The one in the below photo is a little bit on the dry side. I usually add water and tomato paste, but ran out of tomato paste and got lazy about the water. Don’t be like me.

sloppy joes

Sloppy Joes!
- serves 2 -

1/2 lb. lean ground beef (I use 93% lean)
1/2 small onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small bell pepper, diced
kosher salt
ground black pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder, or to taste
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp tomato paste
1/8-1/4 cup water
canola or other neutral cooking oil

hamburger buns, toasted, for serving

1. Heat 1 Tsp oil over medium heat in a medium skillet until hot. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, then add onions. Cook onions until soft or until desired tenderness. Remove from pan and set aside.

2. Add a little bit of oil to pan if necessary and add ground beef. Add a pinch or two of salt and brown ground beef. Discard any fat that has been released from the beef.

3. Add the onion/garlic mixture to the beef, and then add black pepper, chili powder, ketchup, brown sugar, tomato paste, and water to pan. Mix well. Lower heat to medium low and cook gently for 10 minutes.

4. About 2 minutes before the beef will be ready, check seasoning and adjust. Throw in the bell peppers and mix. Cover and cook for remaining two minutes.

5. Spoon meat over hamburger buns and enjoy your sloppy joes!


    1. Beth says:

      That is the most artistically arranged sloppy joe I’ve ever seen…

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