|A little Trinity, a few key seasonings and you'll have a homemade sloppy joe that'll beat any canned version hands down.|
Homemade Sloppy JoesWhenever I serve these, The Cajun says "this is my most favorite food of all."
Okay, while he does indeed say that, truly it's a bit of a stretch, because he actually says that about a lot of my cookin'... what can I say? The man just loves to eat and gotta love a man like that... but I admit, a good ole homemade sloppy joe sandwich is one of our favorites for sure. I have nothin' against the canned stuff, cuz it sure can be fast and pretty good too, but like most everything else, of course there is nothin' quite like homemade, I don't care who you are!
Good news is that this freezes great, so next time you stock up on sale ground beef, go ahead and make up a double or triple batch over a weekend, serve one that day and then split up the rest for the freezer and it'll be just about as easy as opening a can on one of those weeknight rushes for dinner. Just delicious - I hope you give it a try!
Be sure to check out the other sloppy joe variations in the "Cook's Notes" at the bottom of the recipe. For more of my ground beef recipes, visit my page on Pinterest!
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Recipe: Homemade Sloppy Joes©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 6 servings
- 1/2 tablespoon of canola oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 of a medium green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 stalk of celery, chopped
- 1 large clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon of Tiger Sauce or other hot sauce, or to taste, optional
- 1 (15 ounce) can of tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup of ketchup
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 6 hamburger buns
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the trinity (onion, bell pepper & celery) and cook until softened but not brown. Add the ground beef and garlic and cook until ground beef is browned, breaking the meat up with a potato masher. Drain off oil if necessary.
Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, Tiger sauce, tomato sauce, and ketchup. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Add a large pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper; taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
Brush the bun bottoms with the melted butter and in a separate skillet or on a stove top grill, toast the buns. Serve with baby carrots, or a side of ranch style beans, baked beans, waffle fries or potato chips, a side salad and a pickle.
Cook's Note: Serve these on dinner rolls for Sloppy Sliders on game day. Mix it up by using half ground beef and half ground breakfast sausage. Try adding in a can of drained Rotel tomatoes for an extra kick!
For the Slow Cooker: The beauty of the slow cooker is that you can literally dump everything in and let it go, 6 to 7 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high. If you prefer using chuck, brown the meat off as above and drain. Otherwise, as with all ground beef crockpot meals, always use a leaner ground sirloin or round with a 10 to 15% fat ratio. I personally prefer to brown off ground beef just enough to render and drain the fat.
Pizza Sloppy Joes: Substitute homemade pizza sauce, or a jar of your favorite commercial brand for the tomato sauce and stir in 3 ounces of chopped pepperoni or turkey pepperoni. Spoon meat mixture on bottom buns and place about 1 tablespoon of shredded Mozzarella on each bun. Pass under the broiler to melt cheese and serve immediately.
Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes: To the meat sauce add 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers (remove seeds and ribs to keep it on the milder side), 2 teaspoons of chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and ground coriander - or all seasonings to taste. Add a couple splashes of a good Mexican beer if you have it.
Deep South Tavern Style "Loose Meat" Sandwiches: Prepare meat as above, except, omit tomato sauce, increase ketchup to 1/3 cup and add 1 tablespoon each apple cider vinegar, light brown sugar and mustard (Creole, brown or yellow).
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