On The Menu: Classic Sloppy Joes

On The Menu: Classic Sloppy Joes
Maybe it is the kid in me but I still love a classic sloppy joe sandwich. Even though I am a fan of the sauce in the can nothing beats homemade especially when the recipe is this easy. I always substitute veggie crumble for the ground beef for a vegetarian version. Also, as a heads up if you want to make this vegetarian don't forget to make sure your Worcestershire does not include anchovies as an ingredient.

I rely on this recipe at least once a month when I need an easy dinner usually served along side some spicy potato wedges or a salad on the days when I am feeling a little healthier. I have always found that sloppy joes are a huge hit at the dinner table and it doesn't matter if you are feeding 5 year olds or someone who is 65.

2 ½ pounds ground beef
½ large green bell pepper, diced
½ large onion, diced
1 cup water
2 cups ketchup
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons Worcestershire
Hot sauce, to taste
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

1. Brown ground beef in a large pot. Then drain off fat.
2. Add in the green pepper and onions. Stir. Then add water, ketchup, and garlic. Stire to combine.
3. Add dry mustard, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, chili powder, hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
4. Cover and allow to simmer over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes.
5. Serve immediately.

P.S. If you like sloppy joes you will love this grilled cheese sloppy joes.

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