I don’t make this often, but every now and again, I get a hankering for a food from my childhood–Sloppy Joes. Sloppy Joes were a staple food at my school’s cafeteria. I swear we had it every week! Like square pizza, it was a food to look forward too. Gelatinous red spilling out of a soggy bun, not even Manwich quality, but Good Lord it was good; either that or I have rose-tinted glasses taste buds.
Now I’m a bit more discriminating about my food choices (sorry Manwich, even you don’t make the cut), but on occasion I still crave this messy meal. So I’ve tweaked a few recipes that I’ve tried over the years and have come up with this one to feed my family of four.
I hope you enjoy!
Sloppy Loos (because “Hey! Why not name a meal after yourself?!”)
Serves 4 or more
Approximately 1 pound of lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 minced garlic cloves
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
½ cup chopped bell pepper (yellow or red)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ½ tablespoons prepared mustard
1 ½ tablespoons vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat cook the ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic until the beef is browned and the onion and bell pepper are tender. Drain and discard the fat.
While the ground beef mixture is cooking, combine the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar in a separate bowl. Stir to combine.
Pour the ketchup mixture over the drained ground beef mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the sauce begins to bubble, reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
Spoon onto hamburger buns, rolls or other bread of your choice. I typically, use potato rolls, just because I like them!
For a truly American cafeteria-style meal serve hot with baby green lima beans and macaroni and cheese. YUM!