I made sloppy Joes last night and while my husband and son loved them I realized I would just rather have chili!
My goal was to make sloppy Joes that did not include high sodium canned soups or sugar laden ketchups so I basically followed the recipe in the Joy of Cooking combined with the one from Martha Stewart that was posted earlier.
First I cooked the hamburger (I used diet lean) and drained well. I then added chopped onions and red and orange peppers since I cant eat green ones and continued to cook until the onions and peppers began to soften. I then added minced garlic and cooked for maybe a minute more. At that time I added a can of no salt pureed tomatoes, no salt tomato paste, some brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and then just enough water so that it wasnt soupy but still fairly thick. I then lowered the heat and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes. At this time we tasted it and it seemed to be missing something. I added fresh ground pepper, salt and a pinch of cinnamon and let it simmer about 5-10 minutes more. The cinnamon was just the thing to bring out all the flavors.
I served the Joes on toasted potato rolls with homemade steak fries and steamed broccoli. My husband ate 3 Joes and my son at almost a whole one. My husband thought they were very close to his moms but some other spice seemed missing. I think next time I might add some chili powder-just a pinch. I thought they were OK but I really liked it better for lunch today when I reheated it micro and topped with shredded jack cheese and a few heavy splashed of jalapeño Tabasco sauce and ate it as is-no roll. I think I just prefer chili!!