Real Sloppy Joes

Real Sloppy Joes is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

The poor sloppy Joe has gotten a bad rap. Perhaps the uninspired versions served by overworked school cafeteria staffers dulled whatever luster it ever possessed. Here’s a recipe that returns the sloppy Joe to its rightful position as a dish to cherish when you want a quick and unpretentious supper on a bun.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup-style chili sauce
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 6 sesame-seed sandwich buns, split

Directions:

In a large fry pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion, celery and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the beef, increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring and breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until it is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup water, the tomato sauce, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes to blend the flavors.

Toast the buns. Place the bottom halves of the buns, cut side up, on warmed individual plates and top with the beef mixture, dividing it equally. Cover with the bun tops and serve immediately. Makes 6 sandwiches.

Variation: Sloppy Joes are just as good when made with ground turkey or ground chicken. Some cooks like to add 1 to 2 cups cooked kidney or pinto beans to the beef mixture just before it is ready. Or, you can top the beef mixture with thin slices of cheddar cheese before covering with the bun tops.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Comfort Food, by Rick Rodgers (Oxmoor House, 2009).

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! ! This recipe is perfect. What a perfect balance of flavors. It was also so easy to make. I made it with ground turkey but did everything exactly as the recipe required. . Loved it!
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious....your search is over. This is simply the "BEST" sloppy joe recipe......ever! It has the perfect balance of sweet and tangy in addition to overall great flavor. I have been searching for a recipie like this for 20 years and finally found it. Thank you Williams-Sonoma.
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a Keeper This is the best sloppy joe recipe I've tried. A hundred times better than the canned ones. So easy and my family loved it!
Date published: 2013-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kid delicious too! After reading the reviews decided to try. I have dinner with my daughter's family and when it was my turn to cook I had a craving for sloppy joes and chose this recipe. It was a huge success with everyone including the 5 year old and my Irish son-in-law. Not always easy to please everyone's palate but this succeeded with flying colors. Served with string beans, a perfect compliment to this dish.
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Sloppy Joe It's a really fun way to cook a simple meal. These are great tasting sloppy joe's. My wife and I have cooked this several times and it reheats real well. I look forward to eating these left-overs, and there are not a lot of foods I could say that about. Try it, you'll love it.
Date published: 2013-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best sloppy joe's! Why would anyone buy the packaged stuff when you can eat this? So easy to make. Second time I have made these and they are delish!
Date published: 2012-01-14
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