I don’t know what caused me to crave a Sloppy Joe last week. Maybe I was just nostalgic for my childhood. Who knows, but they just sounded really good and my kids have always liked them. However, when I was a kid I wasn’t a big fan of Sloppy Joe sandwiches. My experience with them was limited to the popular Sloppy Joe in a can or the school cafeteria. If you feel the same as I did about the lowly Sloppy Joe, this recipe will change your mind. It’s a great weeknight meal for those busy evenings. For a variation sometimes I will use half BBQ sauce and half ketchup.
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 2 cloves (1 teaspoon) garlic
- 1½ cups ketchup
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 heaping tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Buns for serving
- Pickle slices for serving
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef.
- When the beef is almost done, add the onion, green pepper and garlic.
- Continue cooking for 5 minutes until the veggies are soft.
- Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, kosher salt and pepper.
- Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Uncover and continue simmering for 5-10 more minutes.
- Spoon a generous amount on a toasted bun and top with pickle slices if desired.