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Sloppy Joes

Ingredients (15)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into small dice
  • 2 medium yellow onions, small dice
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 6 to 8 hamburger buns, split and toasted
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories396
  • Fat16.76g
  • Saturated fat5.34g
  • Trans fat0.61g
  • Carbs32.59g
  • Fiber3.9g
  • Sugar11.19g
  • Protein28.66g
  • Cholesterol73.71mg
  • Sodium859.57mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (8 servings) Powered by

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Sloppy joes may be known as lowbrow cafeteria food, but they’re still delicious. To make these satisfying hot sandwiches, cook bell peppers, onions, and garlic until softened; add tomato paste; and then brown ground beef or turkey in the same pot. Add a few seasonings along with Worcestershire and tomato sauce, and simmer until the flavors concentrate into a sweet, tangy mixture. Pile a generous helping on a toasted bun, top with our Cabbage and Carrot Herbed Slaw, and don’t forget to tuck a napkin under your chin.

Game plan: The flavors continue to develop as the sloppy Joe mixture sits, so you can make this recipe up to 2 days in advance and refrigerate it in a container with a tightfitting lid, or freeze it for up to 1 month.

Find out where sloppy Joes come from (probably), and try our Red Curry Sloppy Banh Mi Sandwiches recipe too.

Tips for Beef, Ground Beef, and Ground Turkey

Instructions

  1. 1Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add the peppers, onion, and garlic, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 6 minutes.
  2. 2Add the tomato paste, stir to combine, and cook until the raw flavor has cooked out, about 1 minute.
  3. 3Increase the heat to medium high, add the ground beef or turkey, and cook, breaking the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until it’s just cooked through and no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
  4. 4Add the chili powder, cumin, and measured salt, stir to coat the meat and vegetables, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. 5Add the tomato sauce, water, vinegar, Worcestershire, and brown sugar, stir to combine, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld and the mixture thickens, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.
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