Sloppy Joe’s, slop slop sloppy joe’s!
Okay, you know we can’t resist a good movie reference. Sloppy Joe’s are the quintessential family-friendly meal. Everyone loves them.
Our team has always been a fan of classic sloppy joes. That sweet and savory combination and just the crazy messy nature of eating them makes you feel like you’re eating something really good. We have a couple of pro tips for making them:
- Definitely toast your buns. That crispy bread against the sloppy joe’s texture is just to die for
- Don’t let the sauce reduce too much — no one likes a dry sloppy joe mixture
- Definitely make extra, it freezes wonderfully for up to 4 months!
Healthier Sloppy Joe’s
Sloppy Joe’s – A childhood favorite that is still a 10/10 family pleaser! Grab a few easy ingredients and made these sweet and savory sandwiches and then freeze some for later!
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
¾ cup finely chopped carrots
½ cup finely chopped celery
½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
½ cup finely chopped yellow or red onion
½ teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 ¼ cups tomato sauce
¼ cup ketchup
½ cup low sodium beef broth (preferred) or water
Buns – or baked sweet potatoes if you want to get really fancy!
- In a large skillet, saute ground beef in olive oil over medium heat, breaking it up as it cooks. Once the meat has browned, add all the veggies and some salt.
- Cook until the vegetables are beginning to soften, ~6 minutes.
- Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute or two, stirring occasionally.
- Now for the magic – add brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, ketchup, and beef broth to mixture. Stir well. Simmer over medium-low heatstirring occasionally, for ~20 minutes. If the sauce gets too thick you can add a splash of beef broth and/or water. If the sauce is too thin, just simmer longer to reduce and thicken.
- Now enjoy!
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes | Total: 45 minutes
Yield: Makes 6 servings
Nutrition Information: Calories 190; Total Fat: 6g; Carbohydrates: 15g; Protein: 18g