• Sloppy Joe’s

    Put down that can of Manwich….slowly….good…now walk away.  You don’t need it anymore!  This recipe is an adaptation from a website called the Kayotic Kitchen.  I have a bias against purposely misspelled words, especially those starting with “K” (all of you Krazy Kut hair salons, I’m looking at you), but these are hands-down THE best sloppy joe’s I’ve ever made or eaten.  Sure to be a crowd pleaser, this will be your family’s favorite thing to do with ground beef.  We usually eat ours on Dave’s Killer Bread which you can purchase at Costco in a two-pack for a decent price.
    Sloppy Joe’s –
    adapted from Dutch Girl’s All-American Sloppy Joe’s from the Kayotic Kitchen
    1 pound Ground Beef
    1 large Onion, finely chopped
    1 Bell Pepper of your color choice, finely chopped
     1 large Garlic Clove, minced
    2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
    1 cup Water
    2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
    ¼ cup Ketchup (Be sure to check your labels…many ketchups contain HFCS and food colorings).
    1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
    ½ tsp Oregano
    ¼ tsp Salt
    ¼ tsp Ground Cumin
    ¼ tsp Chili Powder
    ½ tsp Paprika
    ½ Tbsp Brown Sugar or Raw Sugar

    1. Brown ground beef in one pan while sautéing onion and pepper in another.  You will have one more pan to clean, but it will cut down your cooking time quite a bit.
    2. While those are cooking, combine the salt, oregano, chili powder, ground cumin and paprika in a small bowl and set aside.
    3. After draining the fat from the ground beef, add in the rest of the ingredients.  Check the seasoning and adjust for your taste.  Add some Tabasco if you would like a little heat.
    4. Simmer for up to ten minutes on low to allow all the flavors to meld.
    A note about Worcestershire sauce
    For those vegetarians who wanted to make this recipe with a ground beef substitute, worcestershire sauce is generally not suitable for vegetarians, as it contains anchovies. However, several brands sell anchovy-free varieties, often labelled as vegetarian or vegan.  Alternatively, Henderson’s Relish can be used as a vegan substitute for Worcestershire sauce.

    Some varieties (such as the British Lea & Perrins) contain gluten, others (such as the US Lea & Perrins) use spirit vinegar in place of malt vinegar, and are naturally gluten-free.  Wanjashan currently produces an organic, gluten-free, vegan and kosher Worcestershire sauce.


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